TWO of the four Queensland sisters in the middle of an international custody dispute have pleaded with the Australian media to "please save them" from their father.
A Channel Nine news crew filmed dramatic scenes outside the father's villa in Florence, when the girls were involved in a heated standoff with their father.
One of the girls can be seen clinging to reporter Sophie Walsh's arm while their father and grandmother attempt to take them inside the villa's gates.
"All of a sudden they came sprinting across the front yard. They were in hysterics followed closely by their father," Walsh said.
"They said that they were scared and that they were going to be hurt. They said they wanted to speak to their mum and weren't being allowed to and said they wanted to return to Australia."
Police and social services were called and Walsh said one of the sisters was dragged inside, while the other clung on to the gate for about an hour before agreeing to go inside the property.
The two younger sisters at the centre of the custody dispute are believed to be staying at a another property about two hours from their older sisters.
The four sisters were deported from Australia after the Family Court ruled they were to live with their father in Italy after their mother illegally kept them in the country after a holiday in 2010
The latest incident in Florence follows dramatic scenes at the Brisbane airport on Wednesday when the four sisters were due to fly out of the country.
The elder two were taken off the plane by federal police after reportedly screaming and kicking before the flight left. They later travelled to Europe on a flight the following day.