Search for family ‘sleeping in Brighton park’ after tent and cot found | UK News


The travel cot and collapsed tent discovered in Queen’s Park, Brighton prompting fears for the missing family (Picture: UKNIP)

Police are urgently searching for a young couple and their 18-month-old son who they believe were sleeping in a park in Brighton.

Concerns were raised after a collapsed grey tent and white travel cot thought to belong to the family were discovered abandoned in Queen’s Park.

The trio were last seen in the park on Wednesday and authorities fear they could now be sleeping outside in wintry conditions without shelter.

DSI Kris Ottery of Sussex Police said officers had carried out helicopter and drone searches, made door-to-door enquiries and viewed CCTV footage but are yet to locate the family.

He added: ‘We have released photographs of the tent and cot as an appeal to any members of the public who may have seen these items in the area in the past couple of weeks. If you recognise these items or the descriptions provided, please contact us.

‘Our priority is ensuring the welfare of all three people, particularly given the recent adverse weather.

‘We are conscious they may have moved on from the Queens Park area and may have sought shelter elsewhere in the Brighton area.’

Police in Queen’s Park, where the family were last seen and the tent and cot found (Picture: UKNIP)

The 18-month-old boy is described as having pale skin, blonde hair, rosy cheeks, and was seen wearing a thick red snowsuit and blue wellington boots.

The woman is thought to be in her teens and is slim, around 5ft tall, with messy blonde hair, blue eyes and a northern accent.

The man is in his late teens or early 20s, at least 6ft tall and was last seen in a black tracksuit and a scarf covering half his face.

The last known sighting of the family is in the east of Queens Park near the tennis courts adjacent to East Drive.

Sussex Police urge anyone with information or potential sightings to call 999 and quote Operation Sorrel.

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