A woman suspected of abducting her two young sons poses “a risk of harm” to them, a family court has warned. Nottingham Family Court said it had ordered that Dylan Madge, six, and Louis Madge, nine, should be removed from the care of mother Samantha Baldwin on Monday.

The 42-year-old was last seen near Nottingham city centre that day, although a missing persons appeal was launched on Tuesday after she vanished with her sons. On Wednesday, police announced the investigation had become an abduction inquiry. Ms Baldwin is described as 5ft 7in and of slim build with shoulder-length, highlighted blonde hair and green-blue eyes.

In a statement Nottingham Family Court said: “It is assumed that she has abducted Louis and Dylan. The children have now been made wards of court. Miss Baldwin is considered to pose a risk of harm to the children.” On Friday, Nottinghamshire Police Superintendent Rich Fretwell said officers were growing “increasingly concerned” for the children’s welfare and safety. He said: “Samantha has no legal custody of the boys at this time.”