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Manhunt after boy is abducted by father Robert Gurling

By Kate Ferguson

Published 04/05/2015

Robert Gurling from Romford, who is being sought by police. (Essex Police/PA)
Robert Gurling from Romford, who is being sought by police. (Essex Police/PA)

A massive manhunt is under way after a father abducted his three-year-old son from foster parents.

Robert Gurling is only allowed contact with his son under supervision, Essex Police said.

They were last seen in Great Notley near Braintree in Essex at about 10.30am on Saturday.

Police search teams and a helicopter have been combing the area in an "urgent" search for the pair but have not found them.

Detectives are appealing to the public to help trace Mr Gurling, who has the words 'love' and 'hate' tattooed on his knuckles.

He is described as white, aged in his 40s, 6ft tall and of medium build. He has cropped dark brown greying hair and was wearing a grey tracksuit top and jeans.

The youngster has blond hair and was wearing a jacket, grey tracksuit bottoms and red trainers. They may be travelling in a blue car.

Detective Chief Inspector Simon Werrett said: "Mr Gurling is not allowed unsupervised access to the child and therefore we need to urgently locate the child to ensure he is safe and well."

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