* Police investigate sighting of missing mum
POLICE are investigating the possible sighting of a woman who has been missing with her five daughters for two months. Natalie Bracht from Sunderland is believed to have been spotted in the Dartmoor area of Devon.
Ms Bracht, 34, left home with her girls on May 17 after she was told her children - aged between four and 13 - were to be taken into the care of their local authority.
* New lead in missing mother hunt
The search for a woman who vanished from her Sunderland home with her five daughters has switched to Devon.
Natalie Bracht, 34, who suffers from a personality disorder, fled Wearside on 17 May when she found out her children were to be taken into care.
Recent sightings have been reported in London and at a commune near Yeovil.
Police say evidence suggests she may have travelled by bus with her children - aged between four and 13 - to Moretonhampstead near Dartmoor.
Officers said she had made up a series of stories about her past. Her parents John and Heidrun Brown have appealed for her to return home.
During her time on the run, Ms Bracht has approached a number of organisations, fabricating stories to gain support and shelter, Northumbria Police said.
A force spokesman said a woman matching Ms Bracht's description and accompanied by five children bought a bus ticket from Exeter to Moretonhampstead, arriving on the evening of 27 June.
Det Ch Insp Roger Ford, who is leading the investigation, added: "We have real fears for the welfare and safety of the girls and our number one priority in this case is to get them home safe and well.
"We know that Natalie and the girls were at a commune near Yeovil, but then abandoned some of their belongings and fled.
"Now we have reason to believe that they may be in Devon. Once again the girls are alone in an area where they have no links or means of support, hundreds of miles away from their home, friends and school.
"We are now working with our colleagues from Devon and Cornwall Constabulary to try and find Natalie as soon as possible."