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15/06/2015 10:13 BST | Updated 15/06/2016 06:12 BST

Runaway Mother Arrives At Court

A mother who went on the run for 17 days with her three-year-old son after becoming embroiled in a bitter custody battle with her ex-partner has arrived at court to explain herself to a judge.

Rebecca Minnock, 35, sparked a nationwide hunt when she disappeared on May 27 with her son Ethan Williams in defiance of a court order to hand him over to his father Roger Williams.

The mother-of-one arrived at Bristol Crown Court today, where Judge Stephen Wildblood QC - the High Court judge dealing with the case - will hold a hearing for "directions in relation to the discharge of collection order" handed to Miss Minnock's family and friends.

The order, which required a person to bring Ethan or any information leading to him before the courts, was served on June 3.

Miss Minnock, from Highbridge, Somerset, handed herself in to police in Oxford on Friday evening following pleas from police, family members and the judge.

Ethan has since been reunited with Mr Williams, from Burnham on Sea, Somerset.

There was a large number of photographers and cameramen outside court awaiting Miss Minnock, who is expected to address the judge.

A district judge has previously found that Miss Minnock disobeyed two court orders and Judge Wildblood could find her in contempt of court and jail her - as he did last week with her mother and mother's partner.

Miss Minnock arrived at the court shortly after 8.30am in a friend's car and did not answer any questions as walked into the building.