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Sky News: Twin brothers were found locked in a tiny wooden box that was padlocked and chained while their parents were out working.

Police found the three-year-old boys trapped inside the wooden crate, “without toys, without a pillow and without any comfort”.

The discovery was made by police officers in the town of Aparecidinha in the Brazilian state of Espirito Santo.

Police said they had received an anonymous tip-off that the toddlers were locked inside the box and officers then went to the house where they found them in the crate.

A photo shows the wooden crate in the corner of a room next to a sofa.

The crate had a few vertical air holes between wooden slats and it appears the two children were trying to push parts of their body through the air holes in a desperate attempt to get out.