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Joy as missing children found safe

The mother of two young children taken from a hotel has spoken of her relief after they were found safe and well.

Na'ilah Khan, two, and her 10-month-old brother Sulaimon Khan were taken from a hotel room in Stoke-on-Trent on Friday.

The children were found in a guest house near Derby town centre at 7pm yesterday and the children's father and grandmother have been arrested on suspicion of kidnap and attempted child abduction, Staffordshire Police said.

Saleem Tahir, 40, and 67-year-old Denise Smith-Sellars, both from Nottingham, are in custody and will be interviewed by detectives.

The youngsters were last night being supported by specially trained officers before being reunited with their family, police said.

In a statement the children's mother said: "Words cannot express how I felt when the police told me they had found my two babies.

"I have just been numb these last few days. It was like a part of me was missing. No mother should have to go through this ordeal.

"I would like to thank Staffordshire Police for their support, help and dedication in returning my children back to me."

A police spokesman said: "Staffordshire Police would like to take this opportunity to thank the public, the media and colleagues from a number of forces in the region for their assistance and support."

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