Two childhood sweethearts, aged six and seven, eloped from Hanover in northern Germany on New Year’s Eve, determined to tie the knot under the African sun.
Police said identified the pair as Mika and Anna-Lena and said they 'are very much in love and decided to get married in Africa where it is warm, taking with them as a witness Anna-Lena’s little sister, aged five.'
The idea for the romantic trip began when Mika told the two girls about his recent holiday in Italy, while their families celebrated New Year’s Eve together.
As the first dawn of 2009 broke, the trio started to put these plans into action, packing all the essentials for the journey, including 'sunglasses, swimming trunks, a lilo, summer clothes and provisions.'
While their parents slept, they left their house in the suburbs of Hanover, walked a kilometre up the road to a tram stop from where they took a tram for the central station.
Waiting for a train to the airport, they aroused the attention of a guard who contacted police.
Two officers managed to convince them that they would struggle to get to Africa without money or a plane ticket.
As a consolation, the children were given a special tour of the police headquarters at Hanover station where they were especially taken with the detention cells.
Their relieved parents picked them up from the station, the spokesman said, adding: 'They can still put their plan into action at a later date.'