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Alfie Evans' family heartbroken after gifts 'stolen from memorial tree'

An administrator from the Alfie's Army Facebook group says gifts seem to have been removed from a memorial tree for the toddler. Credit: Aflie's Army Facebook page

The family of Alfie Evans have been left heartbroken after gifts left at a memorial tree were stolen - according to supporters of the toddler.

Posting images of the tree near Alder Hey Children's Hospital, a member of the Alfie's Army Facebook group condemned the "extremely disrespectful act" and appealed for the tributes to be replenished.

"We admin are sorry to say we have been made aware of people stealing gifts left for Alfie at his memorial tree."

"Army members left various gifts for our beautiful fighter and this breaks not only our hearts, but Alfie's families hearts that some people have done this extremely disrespectful act," they said.

Alfie died at the Liverpool hospital on April 28 after a long legal battle over his life support treatment.

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Alfie Evans' funeral to take place in Liverpool

Alfie Evans Credit: Family/GTV

The funeral of Alfie Evans is taking place in Liverpool later today.

The little boy died at Alder Hey Hospital after a long legal battle between his parents and medical staff over plans to withdraw his life support.

He died shortly before what would have been his second birthday after being treated for a degenerative brain disease.

He'll be laid to rest in a private ceremony later.

His parents have thanked the community for their support but are asking for privacy during the funeral.

Vigil for Alfie Evans to 'brighten up the world' on what would have been his second birthday

Alfie Evans life support was withdrawn after doctors said further treatment was futile Credit: Family picture

Supporters of Alfie Evans have organised a vigil to “brighten up the world” on what would have been his second birthday.

Family and friends along with members of ‘Alfie’s Army’ plan to light a candle to remember the 23 month old who was at the centre of a legal battle over his life support.

The vigil will be held in Springfield Park, next to Alder Hey Children's Hospital where Alfie died.

Alfie had suffered from an undiagnosed brain condition. His parents had wanted to take him abroad to Italy for further treatment - but doctors said further treatment was futile and his life support was withdrawn last month.

Supporters comforted outside Alder Hey after Alfie's death was announced Credit: PA

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Alfie has 'gained his wings' says heartbroken father

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"My gladiator...gained his wings," says the father of Alfie Evans following the death of his son.

The little boy was at the centre of a legal battle over his treatment that touched hearts around the world.

This is his story:

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Alfie Evans: Parents and doctors to discuss sending toddler home

The father of Alfie Evans says his son has now survived for 3 days without ventilation.

The 23 month old's life support was withdrawn on Monday.

Tom Evans wants his son to be allowed home. He told reporters he's meeting officials at Liverpool's Alder Hey hospital later to discuss that possibility:

As I sit by Alfie's bedside, every second of every day, it encourages me more and more that Alfie will live.

Alfie lives comfortably, happily, without ventilation. That must be enough for you now to consider that Alfie may prove you wrong.

– Tom Evans

Lawyers representing Alder Hey Hospital bosses said the fact that he had continued to breathe unaided might have surprised members of the public but had not surprised specialists.

Barrister Michael Mylonas QC, who led Alder Hey's legal team, said it had never been suggested that Alfie would die as soon as life-support treatment stopped.

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