British father 'abducts three-year-old twins in France and takes them to UK'

A mother has pleaded for help after accusing her British husband of abducting their three-year-old twins in France.

John Patterson, 46 and originally from Coventry, disappeared with Ava and Mia after splitting from their mother, Aleksandra Pietrasiewicz, 32.

Prosecutors in Metz, eastern France, have issued a warrant for his arrest and believe he might have taken the children from his home in the city back to Britain. 

Searches have taken places around Mr Patterson's flat in Metz, but there has been no sign of him. The professional photographer's mobile phone has been disconnected, and he has shut down all social media accounts.  

Ms Pietrasiewicz has set up a Facebook page showing pictures of her girls, and Mr Patterson, and is now urging people to watch out for them.

 A mother has pleaded for help after accusing her estranged British husband of abducting their three-year-old twins Ava and Mia (pictured) in France and taken them to the UK

 A mother has pleaded for help after accusing her estranged British husband of abducting their three-year-old twins Ava and Mia (pictured) in France and taken them to the UK

John Patterson (pictured), 46 and originally from Coventry, disappeared with Ava and Mia after splitting from their mother, Aleksandra Pietrasiewicz, 32

John Patterson, 46 and originally from Coventry, disappeared with Ava and Mia after splitting from their mother, Aleksandra Pietrasiewicz (pictured), 32

John Patterson (left), 46 and originally from Coventry, disappeared with Ava and Mia after splitting from their mother, Aleksandra Pietrasiewicz (right), 32

Police in Luxembourg City have confirmed that they briefly arrested Mr Patterson on March 31, but then he was released. 

Ms Pietrasiewicz  said: 'The police had their hands on him but did nothing, even though the children

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