Search for boy, 5, with brain tumour taken from hospital by parents

Hampshire Police have launched a major investigation to find a five-year-old boy with a brain tumour, after his parents took him from Southampton General Hospital without the blessing of his doctors.

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Ashya free to be treated in Prague

The parents of Ashya King, who hit the headlines after taking the five-year-old from a Hampshire hospital without doctors' permission have been given the go-ahead to take their son to the Czech Republic for treatment.

A High Court judge tonight said Brett and Naghmeh King could take son Ashya -who has a brain tumour - to a clinic in Prague to receive treatment not available in England.

Mr Justice Baker approved a treatment plan after telephone discussions with lawyers representing Mr and Mrs King and a hospital in Southampton, Hampshire, where Ashya was a patient.

An order made by the judge was released by High Court officials after discussions were held over several hours. Officials said the judge would give more detail at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court on Monday.

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Ashya's Prague treatment approved

The parents of Ashya King who hit the headlines after taking their son from a Southampton hospital without doctors' permission have been given the go-ahead to take their son to the Czech Republic for treatment.

A High Court judge tonight said Brett and Naghmeh King could take son Ashya -who has a brain tumour - to a clinic in Prague to receive treatment not available in England.

Mr Justice Baker approved a treatment plan after telephone discussions with lawyers representing Mr and Mrs King and a hospital in Southampton, Hampshire, where Ashya was a patient.

An order made by the judge was released by High Court officials after discussions were held over several hours. Officials said the judge would give more detail at a hearing in the Family Division of the High Court on Monday.

Brother defends parents in new video

The brother of Ashya King has said his parents had the supplies he needed. In a new video on YouTube, Naveed King said his parents ensured Ashya had the same equipment available to him at hospital when they took him to Spain.

Ashya King and his family were found abroad on Saturday. Ashya, who has a brain tumour, was a patient at Southampton General, but is now being cared for in Malaga. Hampshire Police had issued a European arrest warrant to find his parents. His parents say they were looking after him and have done nothing wrong. They are due to appear before a Spanish Court today.

Police release image of Ashya's feeding pump

Hampshire Constabulary is releasing more information about missing five-year-old Ashya King, including an image of Ashya's distinctive feeding pump.

Assistant Chief Constable Chris Shead said: "Health experts tell us that with the proper medical care Ashya has a good chance of survival, but he must get that professional care."

The feeding pump which Ashya King needs for survival Credit: Hampshire Police

"The feeding system that Ashya needs and the other associated medical care is complex, and I would appeal to Ashya’s family not to think that they are able to administer this care themselves. "The doctors assure me that proper medical training is required for the level of care that Ashya needs. "I would also appeal to the medical profession, particularly in Spain, to contact the Spanish authorities if they feel that Ashya’s family have presented or made enquiries at medical facilities. "Whilst our primary focus is still on finding Ashya, we can confirm that we have obtained a European Arrest Warrant which will assist us in speaking to Ashya's parents when we find them. Our message to Brett and Naghmeh is that this should not deter you from coming forward, please just come and speak to us."

– Hampshire Police spokesperson
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Family may have 'taken steps to be able to feed' Ashya

Hampshire Police have said that officers investigating the case "now believe that Ashya’s family has taken steps to be able to feed him".

Hampshire Constabulary Assistant Chief Constable Chris Shead said:

Health experts tell us with the proper medical care Ashya has a good chance of survival, but he must get that professional care.

The feeding system that Ashya needs and the other associated medical care is complex, and I would appeal to Ashya’s family not to think that they are able to administer this care themselves.

The doctors assure me that proper medical training is required for the level of care that Ashya needs.

I would also appeal to the medical profession, particularly in Spain, to contact the Spanish authorities if they feel that Ashya’s family have presented or made enquiries at medical facilities.

– Hampshire Constabulary Assistant Chief Constable Chris Shead

Police have asked anyone with any information about Ashya, or his mum Naghmeh and dad Brett, to call +44 (0)1962 841534 or dial the European emergency number on 112.

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European arrest warrant issued for Ashya King's parents

Police have issued a European arrest warrant for the parents of a five-year-old boy with a brain tumour who they took from hospital against doctors' advice.

The Assistant Chief Constable of Hampshire police, Chris Shead, said doctors had warned them that Ashya King's condition will "start to deteriorate," adding that the youngster had a "shrinking window" of time.

He added that the European arrest warrant gave them the power to arrest the family, but officers would much prefer them to come forward.

French and Spanish doctors who may be treating the boy, were also urged to notify police.

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Battery on Ashya King's food system 'likely expired'

The battery on the feeding system of missing five-year-old boy Ashya King is "now likely to have expired", police have said.

Ashya's family took him from Southampton General Hospital at around 2pm yesterday, before travelling on a ferry to France around two hours later.

Ashya King was taken from Southampton General Hospital yesterday afternoon Credit: Hamp

Hampshire Police Asst Ch Cons Chris Shead said medical experts had told them in the last hour that the battery life on the machine which feeds him would have died by now.

We don't know whether the King family have any spares, the knowledge, or any way of recharging the battery. If they don't, without properly administered food, Ashya's condition will deteriorate very quickly. With each hour that passes our concern for him grows.

– Asst Ch Cons Chris Shead, Hampshire Police
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Interpol issue global alert to find missing Ashya King

Interpol has issued a global alert to find missing five-year-old boy Ashya King.

Ashya was taken out of hospital in Southampton by his parents, who are then believed to have taken him to France.

ITV News correspondent Neil Connery tweeted:

Interpol said it had issued a "yellow notice" to all 190 member countries at the request of the UK authorities, and said all information coming in to its command centre in Lyon, France, was being treated as "high priority".

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