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Missing boys found after search

Two young brothers from North Yorkshire who sparked a major search operation after going missing have been found safe and well.

The boys, who are aged 10 and 11, were last seen at their homes in the Richmond area on Saturday evening.

About 90 police officers, five mountain rescue teams and an RAF helicopter with heat-seeking equipment spent the night searching for them.

Police said the boys were now back at their home.

A spokesman said: "The boys were found cold and hungry but otherwise well by mountain rescue at 0840 GMT.

"They have spent the night in a sheltered area and have now been reunited with their family."

The spokesman thanked all officers and the mountain rescue teams, who are volunteers, for their efforts to find the boys.

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