Safe and well

His grandfather delivered the three-year-old to Hailsham police station yesterday lunchtime, 36 hours after the pair had disappeared from the family home.

Jack's mum put him to bed on Thursday night in the family home in The Solway, Hailsham, and didn't realise he was missing until she went to wake him up the next morning. Police said at the time they believed the boy was with his grandfather and appealed to Stephen Howlett, 52, to get in touch with them.

Detectives make contact with the pair yesterday morning on Mr Howlett's mobile phone and then just before 1.30pm a 52-year-old man, thought to be Jack's grandfather, brought him into Hailsham police station. Police say they're talking to the man in relation to the disappearance, but Jack appears to be fine and was reunited with his mother as soon as possible.

Chief Inspector Julia Pope, District Commander for Wealden, said:"We are pleased that Jack has been returned and is being reunited with his mother. We do not know where he has been but believe he has been looked after and is fine.

"I would like to thank the media and the public for supporting our efforts in finding Jack."