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SA boys found

Friday, 19th October, 2018

Broken Hill police stop a South Australian family at the Shell Memorial Service Station yesterday afternoon. PICTURE: Myles Burt Broken Hill police stop a South Australian family at the Shell Memorial Service Station yesterday afternoon. PICTURE: Myles Burt

By Myles Burt

Broken Hill Police stopped a South Australian couple in Broken Hill yesterday after authorities feared for the welfare of their two young children.

One of the boys was the foster brother of champion Port Adelaide footballer Chad Wingard, who made an emotional social media plea for the missing boy less than 24 hours earlier.

After receiving a tip off from the public, Broken Hill Police swooped on the Shell Memorial Service Station in Williams Street and located the two boys - aged six and three - with their biological parents about 1.30pm.

The children were previously last seen in Murray Bridge on Wednesday about 4pm, where it is believed they were taken from a Child Protection Department office.

In a well-organised operation, Broken Hill Police blocked all potential exits of the service station so the family could not leave.

A police van blocked a white utility heavily loaded with gear and personal belongings from exiting onto Williams Street.

Police also had one sedan sitting in the fuel bay with a highway patrol car parked in the general parking area.

Officers searched two cars at the scene, including a black Nissan Skyline.

Broken Hill police detained the mother, 22, and father, 33, both from Sturt, SA, while they work with SA police to extradite the pair back over the border.

The father filmed a news photographer while he was taking pictures at the scene and threatened to break his camera.

Police thanked the public who kept a look out for the children.

The guardian of one of the missing children also expressed thanks to family, friends and the concerned community.

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