Six migrant youths on the run after absconding from Costa care centre

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MISSING: The six youths have yet to be located Credit: Fundacion Antonio Moreno

FOUR Algerian adolescents and two from New Guinea recently ran away from the Fundacion Antonio Moreno in Villena, Costa Blanca in Spain.

The management of the care centre in Villena’s Las Virtudes district could not pinpoint the time of their disappearance, as the doors are open throughout the day and are only closed at night.

Their departure was not reported until the following day but although the six boys were being sought by the Policia Nacional..

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Twenty-six of the 86 young people currently living at the centre arrived in Spain on the Aquarius refugee ship.  They are all from North Africa and are aged 14 and 15.

This was the Villena centre’s third incident in as many weeks involving underage immigrants in the care of the Valencian government.

The first episode involved complaints from female staff that one of their young charges continually groped and sexually abused them, ignoring explanations that behaving like this towards women is not acceptable in Spain.

This was followed by a tussle some days later between three adolescents and one of the male educators at the centre after they refused to hand over the television remote in the early hours of the morning.

It was decided to separate the boys and one was transferred to an Alicante City centre but ran away the following day.

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