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The parents of Ashya King said they took him out of a hospital to seek proton beam treatment which is not available under the NHS.

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Police search for boy 5 with brain tumour

Hampshire Police have launched a major search for a 5-year-old-boy with a brain tumour taken out of hospital without consent by his parents

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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.

'Boris bike' scheme could come to Southampton

A popular scheme that persuaded motorists in Central London to swap their four wheels for two could be introduced to Southampton.

Hundreds of so-called 'Boris Bikes' may be brought in to the city after similar plans surfaced for a £2m scheme in the New Forest.

The initial report into the cycling scheme was commissioned by Southampton City Council to carry out the study.

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The bikes that are commonplace in London could be seen nearer to home in Southampton Credit: PA Wire

There is no clear funding for the scheme at the moment and proposals show it could take 18 months for the scheme to take action in the south.

The original "Boris Bikes" self-service cycle hire scheme was introduced in London in 2010 by mayor Boris Johnson to encourage people to use bikes instead of cars to release traffic off of roads.

We are a pretty flat city and it is an ideal place to cycle around. If people can take a bus into town and cycle around, it's to the benefit of everybody.

The aim is to encourage cycling, which is good for the environment, good for the individual and good for the amount of traffic in the city centre."

– Simon Letts, Southampton City Council leader Cllr
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The bikes which are a common sight in London could be in Southampton soon Credit: PA Wire

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Ashya King's grandmother 'disgusted' by police search

Ashya King's grandmother said police had "gone over the top" after officers used a warrant to search her flat in Southsea, Portsmouth.

Patricia King, the mother of the five-year-old's father Brett, told the BBC: "I'm very angry, I think it's been taken too far, much too far.

Brett King and his wife Naghemeh are being held by Spanish police.
Brett King and his wife Naghemeh are being held by Spanish police. Credit: Facebook

"Brett couldn't believe it, that Ashya's pictures were all over the papers and they said he'd kidnapped his own son. He's really upset.

"The police have talked to me and my flat's been searched. Two policewomen and a police man came to my home with a warrant and searched my flat. I'm disgusted."

Ashya King's grandmother speaks out over police investigation

The grandmother of five-year-old Ashya King, the brain cancer patient whose parents took him out of hospital without doctors' consent, has blasted police for arresting the couple.

Ashya's family took him from Southampton General Hospital on Thursday afternoon and travelled on a ferry to France with the boy and his six siblings before heading south to the Costa del Sol in southern Spain.

Brett King, 51, and Naghmeh King, 45, both Jehovah's Witnesses, were arrested at 10pm local time yesterday in Velez-Malaga by Spanish police.

Hampshire police today defended their decision to request a European arrest warrant for the Kings on suspicion of neglect after they decided to leave the country with Ashya to seek a form of treatment that is not available on the NHS.

But Mr King's mother, Patricia King, said that they had "gone over the top" after officers used a warrant to search her flat in Southsea, Portsmouth.

Ms King told the BBC: "I'm very angry, I think it's been taken too far, much too far.

"Brett couldn't believe it, that Ashya's pictures were all over the papers and they said he'd kidnapped his own son. He's really upset.

"The police have talked to me and my flat's been search. Two policewomen and a police man came to my home with a warrant and searched my flat. I'm disgusted."

The distraught grandmother also said that she had been asked to make a statement but had refused.

Ashya King latest: Meridian Tonight report

The parents of Ashya King are due in a Spanish court tomorrow, after the five year old, the subject of an international search, was found in Malaga. Brett and Naghmeh King removed their son Ashya from Southampton General Hospital on Thursday afternoon against his doctors' wishes. Last night the couple, from Portsmouth, were found in Malaga, and are now facing extradition. But as Martin Dowse reports they say they were acting in the best interests of their son.

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