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Parents of Ashya King behind bars in Spain

The parents of the five year old brain cancer patient Ashya King remain behind bars in Spain tonight, after telling a court there they don't want to return to the UK. They have been detained for up to 72 hours, while the judge decides whether to allow their extradition to Britain.

Ashya himself is now being treated in Spain under police guard. The family claim they are not being allowed to visit him after they moved him from hospital in Southampton .

ITV News reporter Sejal Karia has the latest from Madrid:


Ashya's parents appear to be victims of bureaucracy

by Sejal Karia - reporter

Ashya King's parents are quite simply victims of bureaucracy it appears. The judge in Madrid who heard their case for the very first time today said that he had not received all the paperwork that he needs in a language that he understands, namely in Spanish.

He fears handing down a judgement in their case without being armed with all those facts. In the meantime he says that this couple should be detained in a jail, about 20 miles from Madrid. The Spanish authorities have argued that their hands are tied. Criminal procedures began when this couple were arrested under a European arrest warrant which was obtained by the British police.

British police would in turn argue that they have urged the couple to come forward voluntarily. But whatever the rights and wrongs are in this case, Ashya King's parents are being held in a Spanish prison, at least for the time being.


Labour 'unclear' on government anti-terror plans

Despite say that they were willing to work with the government on new anti-terrorism plans, the Shadow Home Secretary said that Labour were still "unclear" as to what anti-terror measures the government were proposing

I'm glad the Government has admitted it was a mistake to weaken counter-terror powers four years ago, and has agreed to our call for the return of the stronger powers.

More needs to be done, based on evidence, to stop people being drawn into extremism.

Labour will work with ministers on further proposals but it remains extremely unclear what they are actually proposing.

– Yvette Cooper MP

Labour will 'work with government' on anti-terror plans

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper MP.
Credit: PA

Labour will work with the government on plans to deal with the terror threat that the UK faces, Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has said in an official statement.

Labour will work with the Government on evidence-based plans to stop people being drawn into extremism and deal with the threat. We need both strong powers and strong safeguards to protect democracy and keep our country safe.

– Yvette Cooper MP

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