A British family has been escorted off a plane after holidaymakers made allegations that the family’s children were being abused, reports Birmingham Live.

The family, who live in Liverpool, had been on holiday in Turkey when guests and staff at the hotel the family were staying at started to raise concerns.

Reports of  the father striking one of the children around the back of the head and dunking another child in the holiday pool by their feet were passed on to officials. It is not clear whether any other allegations were made.

The reports led to Thomas Cook, the family’s holiday provider, cutting their holiday short and moving the parents and their children to another hotel until they could be placed on the next available flight.

The travel agent also booked two separate rooms so that the father could stay in accommodation separate from the mother and their children, and placed agency staff on the same floor of the hotel as a safeguarding measure.

Landing in Manchester airport, a police team along with social services, escorted the family from the plane.

Responding to the incident, a spokeswoman for Thomas 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.”