British detectives investigating the disappearance of a father and son in Spain fear the pair may have "come to harm."

Father and son Daniel and Liam Poole, aged 46 and 22, travelled to Malaga on March 31 and were last heard from their family the next day. 

The Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team are now investigating the case to find the pair from Burgess Hill, West Sussex.

They are working with the Spanish authorities to investigate the missing persons case.

Detective Chief Inspector Emma Heater of Sussex Police said: "We are working closely with the Spanish Police.

"One possibility that must be considered, as they have not contacted family or friends, is that they have come to harm.

"Their family are very concerned about them as they last heard from them on April 1, the lack of contact is out of character for the pair.

"The family are being supported by family liaison officers and are being kept informed.

"We know that Daniel and Liam hired a grey Peugeot 308 car when they got to Spain but this has not been returned to the car hire firm.

"We would like to hear from anyone who has seen them, the car or has any information about their whereabouts in Spain or any other location since March 31."

The father and son flew to Spain on March 31 and checked into a hotel.

Detective Sergeant Alan Fenn of Sussex Police's missing persons team said last month: "This is extremely unusual behaviour from Daniel and Liam to not be in contact with their family.

"They have been on holiday together before, but never have they lost contact with family members in Burgess Hill where they live.

"We, and their family, are eager to hear from anyone who has made contact with either Daniel or Liam since Monday April 1."

The men were reportedly staying at the Valle Romano Hotel, after arriving in Estepona on March 31 for a six-day holiday.

Daniel's wife, Tara Poole, told The Olive Press last month: "This is completely out of character for them. They never have their phones off and always keep in touch – we are so worried."

Tara said she last spoke to Daniel, who runs a car repair shop in Burgess Hill, at about 6.30pm on April 1.

Sussex Police said that Daniel, 46, is white, 5ft 9in tall, of heavy build and with short grey hair.

Liam, 22, is white, 6ft, of medium build and with short light brown hair.

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