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Hunt offers to fly expert out to advise Ashya parents

Jeremy Hunt indicated proton beam treatment may be a possibility for Ashya.
Jeremy Hunt indicated proton beam treatment may be a possibility for Ashya. Credit: ITV News

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has told ITV News the Government is offering to fly one of the NHS' top medical experts to Spain to give advice on the next course of action for five-year-old cancer patient Ashya King.

Speaking to Political Correspondent Carl Dinnen, Mr Hunt said proton beam treatment - the preferred choice of the child's parents but previously unavailable at the NHS Trust where Ashya was treated - could be applied on the service if deemed appropriate.

The NHS does fund proton beam therapy for children who need it - we funded 99 children in the last year - [but] it is not always appropriate, it is not always safe.

We are arranging for an independent expert - one of our top oncologists - to fly out, if the family would like, to Spain to give them advice as to exactly what the right course of action for Ashya is going forward.

– Jeremy Hunt, Health Secretary

Asked about the way the NHS Trust treating Ashya handled things, Mr Hunt said: "It has been a very unfortunate sequence of events and there have clearly been misunderstandings along the way."


Sail the world: The final voyage

by Richard Jones

It's almost two years since the tall ship Lord Nelson left the UK on her maiden voyage around the world. She's the first vessel specially designed to be jointly crewed by able-bodied and disabled people.

Her 50,000-mile voyage has involved a thousand sailors and has taken her to South America, Africa, the Far East, Australia, New Zealand, and the Southern Ocean.

ITV Meridian reporter Richard Jones has been following the story of this epic adventure since it started in Southampton in October 2012.

He's been aboard the ship in Cape Town, and sailed on her as she took part in a tall ships' race from Sydney to Auckland.

Now he's been back to catch up with the crew as they prepare for the last leg of the voyage back to the UK.


CPS seeks Ashya parents' release 'as soon as possible'

The Crown Prosecution Service says it is "taking steps" to withdraw the European Arrest Warrant against the parents of five-year-old cancer patient Ashya King.

"No further action will be taken against Mr and Mrs King and we are now in the process of communicating this decision to the Spanish Authorities so that they can be reunited with their son as soon as possible," the CPS said in a statement.


PM welcomes decision to drop Ashya parents warrant

David Cameron has welcomed the Crown Prosecution Service's decision to drop charges against the parents of five-year-old cancer patient Ashya King.


I welcome the prosecution against #AshyaKing's parents being dropped. It's important this little boy gets treatment & the love of his family



BBC 'made it clear' Cliff leak came from 'Op Yewtree'

Keith Vaz MP
Head of the Home Affairs Select Committee Keith Vaz MP Credit: ITV News

BBC staff "made it clear" to South Yorkshire Police that the source of the leak into the investigation into Sir Cliff Richard came from within Operation Yewtree - Scotland Yard's investigation of sexual abuse allegations against disgraced presenter Jimmy Savile and others - chief Constable David Crompton has told MPs.

Speaking to the Home Affairs Select Committee, the police chief admitted he did not go to BBC senior management to ask them not to run the story - but added there were examples given during the Leveson inquiry into culture, practice and ethics of the press in which journalists had ignored such requests.

More:BBC says it will not name sources in Sir Cliff row


Sir Cliff letter to Select Committee will be published

Sir Cliff Richard has written to the Home Affairs Select Committee regarding the reporting surrounding a police raid on his home in Berkshire, head of the committee Keith Vaz MP has said.


Vaz: Committee has written to Sir Cliff about this, he's replied, we'll publish letter today

More: Police: BBC coverage of raid 'disproportionate'

Lawyers seek "withdrawal" of arrest warrant

Prosecutors are seeking to withdraw the arrest warrant for the parents of brain tumour patient Ashya King, a High Court judge has been told.

Lawyers representing the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and Portsmouth City Council told Mr Justice Baker of the plan at the start of a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court in London.

Mr Justice Baker said the council had asked a judge to make Ashya a ward of court last week and to give directions about his medical treatment.

He said he would be given updates on the situation at today's hearing. Brett and Naghmeh King are being held in Spain after taking their five-year-old son from Southampton General Hospital last week.

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