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Two German children aged 6 and 8 caught trying to hitchhike to Ireland

NewsBy Shuki Byrne
The children, a girl aged just six and a boy aged eight, were found on the motorway thumbing a lift to Ireland
The children, a girl aged just six and a boy aged eight, were found on the motorway thumbing a lift to Ireland

Two young German children have been returned home after being caught trying to run away to Ireland.

The children, a girl aged just six and a boy aged eight, planned their excursion last Friday.

They packed a rucksack, complete with food, an alarm clock, food and a booklet to help them with their 900-mile trip. 

A police alert was sparked when the two young adventurers went missing near Nuremberg. Their concerned parents rang police who issued an alert. 

About 5 kilometres outisde their town the children were spied by motorists who informed the authorities. 

Police discovered the children thumbing a lift on a motorway beside a deer fence near Bernhardswinden. They collected the young children and returned them to the police station in Ansbach where their worried parents were waiting for them.

They told their parents that they went to the motorway in the hopes of finding a truck bound for Ireland.

"They wanted to go to the Autobahn because that’s where the trucks travel to Ireland," said a police spokesman.

It is unknown why the children chose Ireland for their adventure but the story has resulted in some amusement in Germany among the media.