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Ashya King parents 'do not feel safe' to return to UK

The parents of five-year-old cancer patient Ashya King have said they do not feel safe to return to Britain.

Brett and Naghmeh King are set to travel to Spain after their son's proton therapy treatment came to an end.

The five-year-old has completed proton therapy treatment in Prague. Credit: PA Wire

Asked why he was reluctant to return to the UK, Mr King said there was "so much still at stake" and did not want to risk losing Ashya.

"At the moment we don't feel 100% safe, I suppose you would call it, contemplating being in England until perhaps they do this investigation into how everything was conducted for us," Mr King told Sky News.

"Once that has been established then we can think about going back to England. But for the time being we have been in contact with a doctor in Spain so we are continuing with (Ashya's) treatment in Spain instead of England."


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Ashya King parents release new photos after treatment

The parents of five-year-old cancer patient Ashya King have released images of their son after he finished proton therapy treatment in Prague.

Brett and Naghmeh King sparked an international search when they removed Ashya from Southampton hospital in August without medical consent.

The family are now preparing to leave for Spain after the youngster's condition improved.

Ashya with his mother Naghmeh King. Credit: Family handout
Doctors say Ashya is now well enough to play with toys. Credit: Family handout

Ashya 'responding well' to brain cancer treament

Doctors at the Czech proton therapy centre where Ashya King is being treated for brain cancer, have said he has responded well to treatment. The 5-year-old from Portsmouth was removed from Southampton Hospital by his parents earlier this year, sparking an international search.

Ashya King responding well to proton therapy treatment Credit: PA Wires

Home safety advice saves lives

Firefighters were called to a fire at assisted living flats in Thornhill, Southampton this morning.

The fire was caused by an electrical fault in a fuse box in one of the first floor flats. While firefighters tackled the blaze, control operators gave fire survival advice to the elderly residents.

Five people aged between 65-80 were treated at the scene and one person was taken to hospital for smoke inhalation.

As part of its older persons campaign Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service (HFRS) is working to make life safer for older people. Hampshire residents are asked to assist an older person they know by raising awareness of basic life-saving fire safety measures, for example checking that they have a working smoke alarm.

HFRS and the Blue Lamp Trust had both previously visited this location to give vital home safety advice to the residents.

“Residents were alerted to the fire by the smoke alarm. This is a vital reminder for everyone in the community to have a working smoke detector, and to check the alarms of older people that may find it difficult check their own. This is also particularly important with electrical safety week on the horizon (10-16 November) which will form part of our older person’s campaign. Electrical fires can happen at any time, you could save a life by testing an older person’s smoke alarm when you test your own. It is a simple but effective way to give the person peace of mind and help them remain safe in their own home.”

– Incident Commander, Glenn Bowyer

During its three month older person’s campaign, HFRS will be visiting many different locations and taking part in numerous events, namely; guest callers at local bingo halls and older person lunch clubs.

All campaign events can be found on the HFRS Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service offer the following advice:

  • Test the batteries of your smoke detector once a week: more than 75% of house fires had a fitted smoke alarm but less than half activated because of missing batteries and defective alarms
  • Don’t overload plug sockets and unplug appliances when not in use
  • Check old cables and leads and never place cables under carpets
  • Test electric blankets regularly: Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service hold regular blanket testing sessions at public venues in partnership with Trading Standards. Call 023 8062 6809 for more information

Luxury cars seized from crime gangs

BMWs, Range Rovers and a Porsche were among a £1.2 million haul of luxury cars recovered by crime-fighters in an operation to tackle organised crime gangs.

The high-value vehicles, which also included Scania trucks and a hydraulic digger known as a Komatsu Excavator, were found in containers and trailers at UK ports and were destined for African countries, Cyprus, France, the US, Malaysia and Burma.

Out of 44 vehicles recovered last month, 18 were stolen from members of the public from London, Surrey, Hertfordshire and Northamptonshire, as well as Germany and the Netherlands. Officers also discovered a container of parts from at least 29 stolen BMWs.

They were recovered at ports throughout the UK, including Southampton.

Crime-fighting chiefs said some of the cars are used in place of cash for payment to drug dealers.


£4-million to be spent on Southampton's roads

Repairing Southampton's roads Credit: ITV news

Southampton City Council is spending £4 million each year for the next decade on improving the city's roads. The road resurfacing programme will focus on residential roads - with work on A and B roads being funded by a separate budget. The council is asking people to contact them stating which roads they think are most in need of being repaired.

If you have any suggestions for residential roads that you think are most in need of improvement, email by October 27 with: the name of the road, the reason it requires attention, which section of the road should be prioritised. The council's road improvements programme will be announced later in the year.

WW1 battlefield soil arrives in Southampton

The ship the Queen Mary 2 arrived in Southampton today, bringing with her some soil from a World War 1 battlefield.

It is the culmination of a project that started two years ago to build a memorial garden using earth gathered from every battlefield in Flanders where soldiers of the seven regiments of the Household Division died.

School children from Aylesbury, Newbury, Southampton, Basingstoke, Brighton, Farnham, Portsmouth and Littlehampton have been involved in collecting the soil. Mike Pearse reports:

Southampton to welcome Queen Mary Two

Southampton will welcome home the Queen Mary Two today as she brings to the city a special delivery.

The liner has brought with her from Belgium a sack of earth collected from World War One cemeteries.

It will form part of a national memorial to the Great War in London.

ITV Meridian spoke to Captain Kevin Oprey from Cunard.

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