UPDATE at 12:40 PM (AEDT) | A MISSING 10-year-old boy at the centre of a large search operation in Newcastle has been found safe and well.
The police helicopter and dog squad was called in to help search for the boy after his parents woke and discovered him missing from their family home in Wallsend on Sunday morning.
In a statement at 12:34 pm, NSW Police confirmed the boy was located “safe and well” a short time ago after members of the public spotted him and called Triple Zero.
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FIRST at 11:50 AM (AEDT) | THE police dog squad and helicopter has joined a large scale search for a 10-year-old boy, missing in Newcastle.
The child was last seen at his home in Wallsend about 11pm on Saturday.
Police said the boy’s family called police this morning after they woke and discovered he was missing.
Local police are conducting a large search of the area, with assistance from the Dog Squad and PolAir.
Police say the boy’s disappearance is out of character and concerns are held for his welfare due to his young age.
He has speech difficulties and may find it hard to communicate.
Anyone who sees the 10-year-old or believes they know his whereabouts is urged to contact Triple Zero (000) immediately.
*NOTE: For privacy concerns, images and details identifying the child have since been removed from this article.
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