Tuesday 20 March 2018

Judge appeals for safe return of four children abducted by mother

Jessica, Sarah (who is not missing), Tomas, David and Eva Palacin Jones. Photo: PA
Jessica, Sarah (who is not missing), Tomas, David and Eva Palacin Jones. Photo: PA

Brian Farmer and Antony Stone

A HIGH Court judge has appealed for the public's help in finding four children "abducted" by their mother following a care dispute.

Jessica, Tomas, Eva and David Palacin Jones, who are aged between 14 and eight, had been in the care of their Spanish father Tomas Palacin Cambra, 52, but have gone missing from their mother Jennifer Jones' house in Wales.

Mr Palacin Cambra's lawyers said they would be returning to the British High Court today to see what further orders they could make.

Mr Justice Roderic Wood ordered the children's immediate removal from Mrs Jones at a hearing on Monday but police found them gone when they went to her home in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, early yesterday.

He said Mrs Jones, 46, who teaches English as a second language, had abducted the children then defied a High Court order to return them to her former husband.

"I am very concerned about the children," said the judge at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London.

"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."

He added: "All these children are now missing. 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."

The judge ruled that Jessica 14, Tomas 12, Eva, nine and David, eight, could be identified and authorised Mr Palacin Cambra's solicitors to release photographs of the children.

Lawyers said Mrs Jones and the children were thought to be with her partner, John Williams, who has family in the Swansea area.

They said Mrs Jones spoke with a strong Welsh accent and was slim, about 5ft 7in, with strawberry blonde wavy hair and brown eyes.

Mr Williams was said to be in his late 40s or 50s, taller than Ms Jones and well-built.

Mrs Jones had been ordered to return the children to Spain by midnight on Friday October 12 but had not done so.

Late on Friday she had been ordered to attend a High Court hearing in London on Monday, when Mr Justice Roderic Wood had ordered that the children be placed in care due to fears she would abscond with them.

But when police arrived to remove them from her home, they were gone.

The judge said Mrs Jones had also abducted the children from Spain in 2009.

Lawyers for Mr Palacin Cambra, who lives in Majorca, said they feared Mrs Jones had gone "underground" with the four children.

They said he was "devastated" at losing his children, who are all bilingual and speak fluent Spanish as well as English with a Welsh accent.

Family lawyer Marilyn Stowe said Jones has to realise that the law must be obeyed despite acting in desperation.

"People think family law is very touchy-feely and very sympathetic to the parents, which it is, but fundamentally it's all about obeying the law," Ms Stowe told Daybreak.

"If we expect our children who are abducted abroad to be returned to this country, we in this country must do the same when children are abducted into this country.

"It's very serious for her, it's a criminal offence."

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