Hampshire Police have issued a statement following a press conference today about their search for Ashya King, 5, and his family.
The five-year-old, who has a brain tumour, was found at 8pm on Saturday night at a hotel in Spain with his family. He had been taken out of Southampton General Hospital by his family against the advice of doctors on Friday. A member of the Spanish hotel's staff recognised them following the media campaign to locate them.
Ashya King is now in a high dependency unit at Materno Infantile Hospital in Malaga. Hampshire Police have confirmed that contact has been established between the lead consultant at the hospital in Malaga and the lead consultant at Southampton General Hospital.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved in the search – our own teams, the National Crime Agency, all police agencies in Europe and, specifically, both police agencies in Spain - the Spanish National Police and the Guardia Civil.
“All of our efforts resulted from explicit medical advice that Ashya’s life was in danger. I am very aware that there are comments about the rights and wrongs of our approach but when we are told by experts that any child's life is at risk we will make no apologies for being as proactive as possible.”
“We now need to properly understand the parents' motivation and engage with colleagues in the Crown Prosecution Service, who would lead on managing the extradition proceedings. It is only when we have done this that we will make a decision on what happens next.
“For that reason this is the last statement that we will be making until further notice."
A 20 year old man was attacked as he pushed a young child in a pushchair through Havant. It happened between 10.30pm and 11pm on Sunday, August 10 when he was walking along Wakefords Way.
As he walked past Monxton Green, three youths who were sat on the wall at the corner, approached the man and asked him to buy them some alcohol from the nearby Londis Store. The victim refused and they then punched him several times, hitting him in the back of the head with a blunt implement. They then stood on his head, causing serious head injuries. The offenders then made off towards Four Marks Green.
Officers have descriptions of the three youths they’d like to speak to:
Man one:- White - 5ft 10ins- Medium build- Aged 16 to 17- He had two tattoos of tear drops on the right side of his face in green ink, just below his right eye. - He was wearing a dark coloured hooded top with the hood up.
Man two:- Mixed race- 6ft 2ins- Large build- He looked about 19 years of age, but the victim believes he was younger, as he had asked him to get alochol from the store prior to the assault.- He had a purple scar running from his left ear to his chin- He spoke with a Liverpudlian accent- Wearing a grey Nike hooded top with the hood up. - He heard the other youths refer to him as ‘Marcus’
Man three:- White- 5ft 5ins- Skinny build- Aged 15 to 16- Wearing a bright yellow hooded top with the hood up and blue canvas type shoes with white soles
“This was a vicious unprovoked attack on a man who had the young child of a friend with him. The victim is currently receiving treatment at hospital where he has been diagnosed with swelling to the brain. He has been suffering from fits, headaches and blurred vision since the attack. We are keen to speak to anyone who may have seen these youths or anyone who may have been approached by them to buy alcohol on that evening. I would also like to speak to anyone who has any information that could assist our inquiry.”
Police are appealing for witnesses to a burglary in West End. At around 9.15pm on Wednesday, August 8, a group of three/four men dressed in black and wearing ski masks smashed the conservatory area to the rear of the residential property to gain entry. A recently retired couple who were inside the property at the time, were tied up, blindfolded, gagged and threatened during the terrifying ordeal. No one was seriously hurt, although one of the victims suffered substantial facial bruising.
The men stole a substantial amount of high quality diamond jewellery together with several gold necklace sets, nine Rolex watches and a quantity of licensed Firearms were also taken with their ammunition.
Police would like to hear from anyone who saw a group of men, or a silver car in the area of A27 Kanes Hill and the junction of Pinewood Park around this time on Wednesday, August 8, or anyone who may have noticed any suspicious behaviour of vehicles in the area to come forward, as they may have valuable information that could help with the investigation. Officers would like to speak to anyone with information about the aggravated burglary to call Southampton CID on 101 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111, quoting Operation Watch.
“I am appealing to members of the public who may have any information in relation to this robbery to come forward. I am particularly interested in speaking with anyone who may have been offered any high value jewellery or watches. I would like to reassure the public that there is a dedicated team of officers investigating the matter. The level of violence used was extremely terrifying for the victims involved and it is important that the offenders are identified as soon as possible.
Police and fire services In Hampshire are expected to save £1.2m a year by sharing headquarters. In the first deal of its type in the UK, senior police officers will next year move into Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service’s headquarters in Eastleigh. The move comes after a successful funding bid to the Government.
Police are keen to hear from drivers who may have witnessed a serious injury collision at the roundabout junction of the A326 and Ringwood Road at 8am yesterday morning.
A 26-year-old cyclist was involved in a collision with a large goods vehicle. She was taken to Southampton General Hospital to be treated for a serious, but not life-threatening leg injury. No-one else was injured.
Police have charged a 17-year old youth in connection with assaults on three women in Portsmouth. The incidents are said to have taken place in the Hilsea area between 20th June and 11th July.
The youth, who cannot be named for legal reasons, is charged with three counts of attempted murder and possession of a bladed article. He will appear before Portsmouth magistrates tomorrow.
Officers from the Hampshire Major Investigation Team have arrested a second man in connection with three unprovoked assaults on lone women in Portsmouth. A 17-year-old youth from Hilsea has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent.
he 30-year-old man from Waterlooville, who was arrested on Friday remains in police custody.
The first assault took place on Southampton Road, the second along the shoreline of Ports Creek in Hilsea, and the third in an alleyway between Colwell Road and Northern Road in Cosham.
Women and the wider community are advised to continue to be vigilant.
Increased police patrols remain in place over in the area to continue to provide reassurance to the community.
A man has been arrested after three unprovoked attacks on women in Portsmouth. The first assault took place at 10.40pm on June 20 when a 20-year-old woman was attacked whilst walking along Southampton Road. She received a chest injury, which was serious but not life-threatening.
In the second attack, a 45-year-old woman was stabbed in the chest by a man along the shoreline of Ports Creek in Hilsea. The third attack happened after 1pm yesterday in an alleyway between Colwell Road and Northern Road in Cosham. The woman was treated in hospital for her injuries.
A 30-year-old man from Waterlooville has been arrested on suspicion of grievous bodily harm with intent. Increased police patrols will continue over the weekend to provide reassurance to the community.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Hampshire Major Investigation Team (HMIT) at Fratton Fratton Police Station on 101 quoting Op Bedham, or the anonymous Crimestoppers charity on 0800 555 111.
Police investigating a report of a rape in Southampton are appealing for the driver of a dark coloured saloon vehicle to contact them. A 29 year old woman was assaulted on the early hours of Wednesday July 2 on Merryoak Road in Bitterne.
Officers have released CCTV of a dark coloured saloon car and believe the occupants may have seen the offender leaving the area.
Detective Inspector, Jim Park said: “We do not believe that these people have anything to do with the attack, but they may have vital information that would help this investigation.”
Enquiries in the area have also identified that a man and woman were near to the scene at about 2.30am, having a heated discussion.
DI Park added: “We are very keen to speak to the occupants of the car and the couple stood in Merryoak Road shortly after the incident. It’s likely these people were unaware that a serious crime was being committed at the time.
Neither of these people should be concerned about coming forward but I would urge them to make contact as soon as possible as they may have the vital piece of information that we need to identify a suspect.”