Police have escorted a family off a Thomas Cook flight following concerns of child abuse.

Armed officers, along with social services, escorted a mum, dad and young children from the aircraft at Manchester airport.

The family, from Liverpool, had been on a two-week holiday at the Atlantique Holiday Club resort in Turkey, according to a report in the Liverpool Echo.

However, after concerns were raised over the children’s welfare, their holiday was cut short and the family was booked on an earlier flight home.

During the trip, Cook moved the family to another hotel and placed the father in a separate room from his wife and children.

Cook staff were stationed outside the rooms as a precautionary measure.

The Echo said concerns had been raised by guests and staff.

One claimed a child was hit at the back of the head and another said a child was dunked in the pool by their feet.

A spokeswoman for Cook said: “We have a duty of care to all of our customers, and have clear policies in place, including a child protection policy, which we will not hesitate to act upon to ensure the wellbeing of our customers and colleagues.”

Merseyside Police confirmed Greater Manchester Police were involved in escorting a family off a Cook flight.