Frantic hunt for mum who went missing with three young kids on Christmas Eve

A desperate hunt has been launched for a mum who disappeared on Christmas Eve with her three young children.

Iona Whyte, 38, is thought to have left a property in Montrose, in Angus, Scotland with Errol, aged four, and one-year-olds James and Mary.

Police are urgently appealing for help to find her, the Daily Record reports.

She was last seen in the early hours of Thursday.

The mum is described as being of a slim build, around 5ft 7in and has shoulder-length brown hair.

Officers say it is not currently known what she was wearing but are appealing for the public's help to find her and the youngsters.

They say they are becoming “increasingly concerned” for their welfare and are desperate to trace them.

The mum and three kids are believed to have left an address between 2am and 3am.

Inspector David Gibson said: "We are becoming increasingly concerned for Iona and her children's welfare and are keen to trace them as soon as possible.

"If you have any information about their whereabouts, please contact Police as soon as possible on 101 quoting incident 0351 of 24th December."

He went on: "If Iona is reading this media appeal she is requested to make contact with her family or police and let them know they are safe and well".

According to the charity Missing People, 176,000 people are reported missing to the police every year in the UK.

Nearly 100,000 are adults while more than 76,000 are children.

The organisation says someone is reported missing every 90 seconds in the UK.

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