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Independent report to assess the Ashya King case

A report has been commissioned into the circumstances of the Ashya King case.

The Portsmouth Local Safeguarding Children Board (PCSB) has launched an independent review into the recent events which saw Ashya's parents arrested in Spain.

Simon Hayes, Police and Crime Commissioner for Hampshire & Isle of Wight said: “I’ve had discussions with Reg Hooke, Independent Chair of the PSCB, and welcome the decision to commission an independent review of events concerning Ashya King and his parents.

“The public needs to know exactly what contributed to the decisions made in the Ashya case and what actions should be taken to prevent such distress in the future.

"I will be engaging fully with PCSB to determine the scope, detail and timings of the review.”

The independent review is expected to take around six-months, and the findings will be made public.



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'Progress made' to get Ashya to Czech hospital

The release of Ashya King's parents means the family's plans to get the five-year-old to the Czech Republic for proton beam therapy is back on track, his brother Naveed told ITV News.

"Progress is being made to get Ashya to the Czech Republic to get everything sorted out as soon as possible," he told ITV News in an internet video conversation.

An internet connection problem means part of this video may be difficult to understand.

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Ashya's parents 'should be involved in every decision'

The parents of a five-year-old boy battling a brain tumour "should be involved in every on going decision of his care," the leader of Portsmouth City Council told Good Morning Britain.

Donna Jones said Ashya King's parents, who live in Portsmouth, "need to be with their little boy" and tried to distance the council from the European Arrest Warrant which put the couple in jail.

Repairs on Southampton Civic Centre's clock tower

Repairs are to begin on Southampton Civic Centre's clock tower Credit: ITV Meridian

The famous bell of Southampton Civic Centre's clock tower will be silent as repairs taking up to five months begin.

It was damaged during the winter storms. It's hoped the works will be finished in time for New Year celebrations.

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Ashya's parents: 'We have been dying to see his face'

Ashya King's father has said he and his wife are "very relieved to be free" after being released from a Spanish jail.

Brett King said he could not wait to see his son and offered his thanks to the Spanish and British people.

Brett King leaving Soto del Real prison in Madrid. Credit: Alex Diaz/PA Wire/Press Association Images

"We are very grateful to Spain for the support and help we have received," Mr King told reporters.

"We will go to see my son as soon as possible, we have been dying to see his face for so long. Thank you to Spain for helping us and thank you to England too," he added.

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