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Missing baby Daniel John Minton found safe and well with his family after police search with drone unit

PUBLISHED: 17:24 01 August 2017 | UPDATED: 15:03 02 August 2017

King's Lynn Police Station, where the baby's parents are being questioned.  Picture: Ian Burt

King's Lynn Police Station, where the baby's parents are being questioned. Picture: Ian Burt

An eight-month-old baby who had gone missing with his parents from the Swaffham area has been found safe and well, after a police search which lasted several months and involved the new drone unit.

Daniel John Minton and his parents, Daniel Minton Snr and Tory Smith were last seen on Friday, April 21 in the Orford Road area of the town.

The couple are thought to have taken Daniel following a family court hearing which ruled they posed ‘a risk of harm’ to the boy.

Police considered Minton Snr and Smith to be committing an offence of taking/keeping a child away from a responsible person.

Daniel Minton Snr was also wanted on recall to prison, having breached the terms of his licence.

Following intelligence, officers, including the drone unit, were led to an address in the Wisbech area, where the family were found.

As a result, both parents have been arrested and taken to King’s Lynn Police Investigation Centre for questioning.

The child has been taken into protective custody and officers will be liaising with Children’s Services to provide ongoing care.

Norfolk police said they would like to thank the media for their assistance in publicising this appeal.

We have reported how Norfolk police has recently started using two drones, one costing £1,500 and the other £850 to help investigate rural crime, monitor demonstrations and search for missing people.

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