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Parents take boy, 5, with brain tumour from hospital without consent

A cctv image of Ashya King and his father leaving Southampton General Hospital on Thursday 28th August Photo:

A major police investigation has been launched to find a five-year-old boy removed from Southampton General Hospital by his parents without the consent of his doctors.

Hampshire Constabulary have said that Ashya King, 5, has a brain tumour and without treatment there are serious concerns for his welfare. He is immobile, and therefore likely to be in a wheelchair or buggy. He can not speak.

Five-year-old Ashya King has been taken from hospital without doctors' consent

Ashya was taken from Southampton General Hospital by his parents Brett King, 51, and Naghemeh King, 45, at approximately 2pm on Thursday, 28th August.

Police have said they have confirmation that Ashya, his parents and his six siblings boarded a continental ferry from Portsmouth bound for Cherbourg at 4pm. The ship arrived in France at 8pm French time. The family are travelling in a grey Hyundai I800 Style CRDI, registration KP60 HWK.

Officers believe the family are still in France. They are working with their French counterparts to activate their emergency child rescue alert procedures to find the family as soon as possible.

Brett King, Ashya's father Credit: Hampshire Police

“If we do not locate Ashya today there are serious concerns for his life. He is receiving constant medical care within the UK due to recent surgery and ongoing medical issues. Without this specialist 24 hour care Ashya is at risk of additional health complications which place him at substantial risk.

“He needs to be taken to a medical facility for his urgent health requirements as soon as he is located.“We have also launched a social media appeal and would urge everyone to share this appeal, particularly if you have friends and relatives in France and bordering countries.”

– Detective Superintendent Dick Pearson of Hampshire Major Investigation team
Naghemeh King, Ashya's mother Credit: Hampshire Police
Family believed to have left the UK in a grey coloured Hyundai I800 Style CRDI Credit: Hampshire Police