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Ashya King: Missing boy with brain tumour found in Spain

2014-08-31 01:31:59

As Tom Burridge reports, Hampshire Police said that Ashya King was found in Spain

A five-year-old boy with a brain tumour whose parents removed him from hospital against medical advice has been found.

Ashya King was found in Spain where his parents were arrested and are being questioned, Hampshire Police confirmed.

They said Ashya showed no visible signs of distress and was taken to hospital.

Brett and Naghemeh King took Ashya from hospital in Southampton on Thursday. In a video posted on YouTube, Mr King said they took him to seek a cancer treatment not available on the NHS.

He said the five-year-old was doing well and while there had been "a lot of talk" about a machine used to feed him, Mr King indicated it was operating normally.

It is not yet clear when the video, which shows Mr King sitting on a bed with Ashya, was recorded.

Situation 'very serious'

The family had been last seen boarding a ferry to France.

In a press conference, Hampshire Assistant Chief Constable Chris Shead said Ashya and his parents were located near Malaga.

"We don't have many details on Ashya's condition at this point in time, but what we do know is he was showing no visible signs of distress," Mr Shead said.

Ashya King

He confirmed Mr and Mrs King were arrested and taken to a police station.

"There are no winners in this situation," he said.

"We've said all along this must be a terribly distressing time for Ashya's family and I stand by that now. I think it's been a dreadful period for them."

A European arrest warrant had been issued for Mr and Mrs King after they took Ashya from Southampton General Hospital.

Concerns for his health had grown because he is fed through a complex unit and its batteries, designed only for temporary use and not easily replaced, might have run out.

Police had said it was unclear whether Ashya's parents had spare batteries.


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