An urgent missing persons search for two young brothers in Northern Ireland has been launched.

Police said they are ‘increasingly concerned about the welfare’ of Patrick Hovarth, aged five, and his older brother Fabricio, eight, who are missing from north Belfast.

They were last seen getting into a black Ford in the Limestone Road area of the city on Friday evening.

A photo of each boy was shared this evening by the Police Service of Northern Ireland which has appealed for the public’s help to find them.

Inspector Phil McCullagh said he believes they may be in the company of a relative.

‘We are keen to know that both boys are safe and well,’ he said.

‘We believe they may be in the company of a relative in Northern Ireland or possibly in Ireland – and so I would appeal to that person to get in touch with police as soon as possible on 101.

‘Both boys are dark-haired and were seen getting into a black Ford car around 6pm on Friday, May 14 in the Limestone Road area of Belfast.

‘At that time, the younger brother, Patrick, was wearing light-coloured bottoms and top with black shoes.

‘Fabricio was wearing grey bottoms and a purple and green top.

‘If any members of the public have any information about the boys or have seen them since Friday evening, I would urge them to contact police immediately.’

If you have information about their disappearance you can call the force on 101 quoting the reference number 2275 of 14/5/21.

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