A cctv image of Ashya King and his father

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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Sail the world: The final voyage

by Richard Jones

It's almost two years since the tall ship Lord Nelson left the UK on her maiden voyage around the world. She's the first vessel specially designed to be jointly crewed by able-bodied and disabled people.

Her 50,000-mile voyage has involved a thousand sailors and has taken her to South America, Africa, the Far East, Australia, New Zealand, and the Southern Ocean.

ITV Meridian reporter Richard Jones has been following the story of this epic adventure since it started in Southampton in October 2012.

He's been aboard the ship in Cape Town, and sailed on her as she took part in a tall ships' race from Sydney to Auckland.

Now he's been back to catch up with the crew as they prepare for the last leg of the voyage back to the UK.

New race competitors yell: 'We are Sparta!'

How do you fancy wading through chest-deep muddy water, running up hills carrying sandbags, climbing ropes and hurdling fire pits?

Certainly not your average Sunday afternoon stroll but, as Andy Dickenson found out, there's very little that's average about the Spartan Races held in Sussex this weekend. He spoke to race director Dan Tuffnell and head coach Richard Pringle.


Hospital: 'Our priority has always been Ashya's welfare and we are delighted that he has been found'

The NHS trust in charge of the Southampton hospital where 5-year-old Ashya King was a patient, have released a statement after the boy was found with his family in Spain.

"Our priority has always been Ashya's welfare and we are delighted that he has been found. We are now working closely with colleagues in Malaga to ensure he receives the essential medical support he needs.

"We are aware of the comments made online by his father. Throughout Ashya's admission we have had conversations about the treatment options available to him and we had offered the family access to a second opinion, as well as assistance with organising treatment abroad.

"We understand how distressing this situation is for everyone involved, particularly Ashya's family. We will continue to do what we can to support them and assist the police in providing any information they require."

– Spokesperson, University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust

Police statement about next stage of Ashya King case

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."

– Assistant Chief Constable Chris Shead, Hampshire Police

Man hit by car at Stonehenge dies from injuries

The accident happened near Stonehenge on Friday Credit: PA

A pedestrian hit by a car near Stonehenge has died, police have said.

Patrick Sturtivant, 37, from Gwent, south Wales, suffered serious head injuries following a collision with a Mercedes 300.

Wiltshire Police said the crash occurred on the A303 on Friday night.

The road was closed near Amesbury following the crash.


Charing man beats ex-girlfriend unconscious during attack

Mouizz Boumnijel ripped out his ex-partner's hair extensions Credit: Kent Police

A Charing man who subjected a woman to a terrifying and violent attack has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Mouizz Boumnijel, 23, was arrested after subjecting his ex-partner to an ordeal where after forcing his way into her Ashford home in the early hours of 3 August, he repeatedly punched, slapped and tried to throttle her in an unprovoked attack.

During the incident he dragged her across the floor by her hair, ripping her extensions out.

His beatings left her losing consciousness and pleading for an ambulance. It was only as he went upstairs to grab her phone that his victim escaped and got help.

He fled the scene but officers found and arrested Boumnijel of Downsway, Charing, the following day.

He was found guilty of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and convicted at Canterbury Crown Court on 28 August. He was sentenced to three years in prison and also given an indefinite restraining order.

Kent Police appeal for witnesses to fatal road crash in Dover

A motorcyclist in his 20s died at the scene Credit: Kent Police

Kent Police collision investigators are appealing for witnesses to a fatal road traffic incident in Dover.

Officers were called at 3.25pm yesterday after the black Yamaha motorbike, which was travelling along Upper Road, towards St Margarets-at-Cliffe, appeared to lose control and collided with an oncoming blue Vauxhall Agila A local man in his 20s was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the Vauxhall suffered minor injuries.

If anyone has any information, contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on 01622 798538.

Police commissioner hula hoops as emergency services show off their skills

Sussex Police Commissioner Katy Bourne opened the event Credit: Eddie Howlands

Sussex Police Commissioner Katy Bourne got into the spirit of things as she opened the Mid Sussex 999 Day in Burgess Hill.

She hula hooped at the event, designed to raise awareness of the work done by the county's emergency services.

Hundreds attended the day, at the World's End Recreation Ground.

All 3 emergency services were represented, with displays during the day, including cutting people out of cars, chip pan fire demos, police dogs, and Thames valley Police horses.

Fire crews demonstrate cutting open a car Credit: Eddie Howlands
Fire crews tackle a chip pan blaze Credit: Eddie Howland
Police demonstrate how to cuff a suspect Credit: Eddie Howland

Two injured in late night assaults

Hampshire Police are investigating Credit: ITV

Police are appealing for witnesses after two late-night assaults in Alton High Street. A 20 year old man suffered a broken jaw after being assaulted outside the Royal Kebab take away at 1.30am last night

Following the assault it is believed that the offender was chased from the scene.

Shortly after this first incident a 24-year-old man was assaulted outside Sainsbury. He suffered minor injuries.

Detective Constable Mark Blake from Winchester CID said: “There were a large number of people in the area of Alton High Street at the time of these incidents.

“I want to hear from anyone who witnessed either of the assaults and can help us piece together the sequence of events and locate those responsible.”

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