Nationwide hunt for four missing children from Llanelli
A NATIONWIDE hunt has been launched for four missing children from Llanelli.
High Court judge Mr Justice Roderic Wood said Jessica, Tomas, Eva and David Palacin Jones were thought to be with their mother, Jennifer Jones.
The children are aged between 14 and eight and have gone missing from Ms Jones's house in Llanelli.
Mr Justice Roderic Wood said they "must be found".
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He said the children were at the centre of a legal dispute between Ms Jones and her estranged Spanish husband Tomas Palacin Cambra.
They had been with Ms Jones but should have been returned to their father's home in Spain, he added.
"I am very concerned about the children," said the judge, at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London today.
"They must be found. I ask anyone who knows where they are or might have seen them to tell this court or the local police."
The judge said the children could be identified and images of them published.
Ms Jones, 46, was said by lawyers representing Mr Palacin Cambra, 52, to teach English as a second language and was thought to be with her partner, John Williams.
Ms Jones was said to speak with a strong Welsh accent and was described as slim, about 5ft 7in tall, and with strawberry blonde wavy hair and brown eyes. Mr Williams is said to be in his late 40s or 50s and is said to be taller than Ms Jones and well-built.
Ms Jones is said to have family in the Swansea area and lawyers said the group could be at a port or airport.
Last week another High Court judge, Mr Justice Hedley, had decided that Ms Jones had "abducted" the children from Spain, where they were in the care of their father.
Ms Jones had been ordered to return the children to Spain by midnight on Friday, October 12, but had not done so.
She had been ordered late on Friday to attend a High Court hearing in London on Monday.
"The mother came to my court yesterday and argued through her barrister that the order of Mr Justice Hedley... should be set aside," said Mr Justice Roderic Wood.
"I declined to set that order aside."
He added: "I was also concerned that the mother might abscond overnight and so I, with a heavy heart, ordered that the children were to be immediately removed from the mother's care and placed in the care of the local authority for a short period of time so that they could be returned to Spain without delay.
"When the police came to remove the children very early this morning from the mother's house in Llanelli, Wales, they found the mother and the children had gone."
The children were now missing, he said.
"The mother removed them from her home in the middle of the night. Her and her children's whereabouts are unknown. I do not know the mother's intentions," he said.