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Luton father missing with baby son both 'believed safe', police say

Kieran Carroll and his son Louis Image copyright South Beds News Agency
Image caption Kieran Carroll was last seen at about 14:00 GMT on Tuesday with his son Louis

Police looking for a young father and his eight-month-old son who went missing in Luton two days ago say they have been assured the pair are safe, although they have not yet seen them.

Kieran Carroll, 22, was last seen at about 14:00 GMT on Tuesday with baby Louis on the CCTV of a Luton hotel.

Officers have spoken with Mr Carroll's friends and family and said they are "happy Louis is being cared for".

However, they have not yet found them and urged Mr Carroll to come forward.

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Image caption Police say they are "happy" Louis is being cared for

Bedfordshire Police have appealed to Mr Carroll to get in touch several times since he disappeared with his son.

'Not in trouble'

On Wednesday they released CCTV footage of him pushing a pram in the town centre on Tuesday afternoon.

The disappearance was, they said, "very out of character for Kieran".

On Wednesday a man using a Facebook account in Mr Carroll's name sent police a message saying he and his son were both fine.

However, a Bedfordshire Police spokesman said they had not verified the message was from him.

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Image caption A man claiming to be Kieran Carroll made contact with police

Officers have since spoken with Mr Carroll's friends and family.

"Information has come to light that makes us believe Louis is being cared for by his dad," the spokesman said.

Det Insp Sean Quinn, leading the search for the pair, said: "We don't believe there are any issues with Kieran providing care for Louis but we do still need Kieran to get in touch with us.

"He is not in any trouble for taking Louis but I would still like to speak to him. We cannot close the case until the police have seen Louis."

Louis's mother Natalie was "understandably worried and missing her son", he added.

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