Police were on Sunday trying to locate a Turkish Cypriot woman, 56, who appeared to have absconded with her grandchildren aged five and six, according to the Cyprus News Agency.
According to the report, the children’s father, a Norwegian national and permanent resident of Cyprus, 44, told police that his mother-in-law had disappeared from their Larnaca flat on Saturday night with the children without his consent. The children’s mother died of an illness some time ago and he was awarded full custody by a British court after a legal battle with his mother-in-law following his wife’s death.
Because he was on a job in the Philippines until recently, his mother-in-law had been taking care of the children temporarily at the Larnaca flat. The man had intended to leave Cyprus permanently with the children on Sunday night however.
Police are carrying out investigations to locate the grandmother and the children who may have fled to the north.