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article imageMikaeel Kular, 3, missing from his Edinburgh home

By Gemma Fox     Jan 16, 2014 in World
Edinburgh - A search continues in the north of Edinburgh for three-year-old Mikaeel Kular who was last seen at 9 p.m. last night (Wednesday) when his mother put him to bed.
Police Scotland were made aware of his disappearance when contacted this morning (Thursday) after his mother went to waken him just after 7 a.m. and found that he was no longer within their home at Ferry Gait Crescent in the north of the Scottish capital.
Police searched the family flat and the surrounding area before widening their search. Helicopters were brought in to aid the search for the toddler and locals gathered to assist the police with their search.
Mikaeel's coat, shoes and gloves are no longer in the property suggesting that he may possibly be wearing them.
However, concern continues to grow for the missing toddler as it has now been 24 hours since he was last seen. There have been no reported sightings of Mikaeel Kular.
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Superintendent Liz McAinsh of Police Scotland has told reporters that there is no evidence of criminality and that this is a missing person's inquiry.
During an update given to press, Superintendent McAinsh said:
"I would stress at the moment we have no indication at all of any criminality. It remains a missing person inquiry.
"Our concern is obviously - with the passage of time - he was last seen at 9 o'clock last night and it's a cold day that we had.
"I would ask people in the locality please continue searching in your own personal property.
"If your neighbours are away, then think about searching their gardens, their sheds, common stairs, wheely bins.
"We've spoken to all key members of the family. We've been in contact with them and they are assisting us with our inquiries.
"We have no suspects because we have no evidence of any criminality.
"We haven't had any sightings of Mikaeel and that obviously causes us concern."
It is understood that Mikaeel, who is British and whose parents are of Asian origin, lives at the flat in Ferry Gait Crescent with his mother and four siblings, one of whom is his twin sister. According to information received by the police, Mikaeel would normally sleep in a room with his twin sister but last night he was unwell and was sleeping alone.
One possibility is that Mikaeel left the property on his own. This led to some speculation about how a three-year-old would manage to leave his own home and open heavy stairwell doors. On this, Superintendent McAinsh said:
"I have been assured that it is possible, I would suggest also that anything's possible.
"Three-year-old children are quite resilient and they have quite a great deal of strength and ability to open doors and I'm assured that Mikaeel is capable of doing that."
CCTV from the area has been examined by Police Scotland.
Earlier today Police Scotland launched a Child Rescue Alert in an effort to help find the missing three-year old. A dedicated telephone number has been set up for anyone with information about Mikaeel's disappearance and it is 0300 200 0200.
Police Scotland issued a description of Mikaeel:
Mikaeel is described as being of Asian appearance, two feet tall and of slim build. He was possibly wearing a thigh length beige jacket with grey fur lined hood, black gloves with multi-coloured fingers, dark navy blue jogging bottoms, a grey pyjama top featuring an embroidered turquoise dinosaur on the chest and brown Clark shoes with two Velcro straps.
He has a faded scar on the bridge of his nose and a sore on the left hand side of his mouth. A photograph of Mikaeel, which was taken just prior to Christmas, has been widely circulated. His hair may be slightly longer than featured in the photograph.
Mikaeel communicates well and speaks English.
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The coastguard has also been involved in the search for Mikaeel who lives only a mile or so from the the beach.
All key members of Mikaeel's family have been spoken to. There have been no arrests made and this continues as a missing persons inquiry.
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