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NHS to fund Ashya King's treatment in Czech Republic

The NHS is to pay for five-year-old brain tumour patient Ashya King's proton beam therapy treatment in the Czech Republic.

His parents Brett and Naghemeh King sparked an international police hunt after they took their son out of Southampton General Hospital and travelled to Prague for the treatment which was not available for him on the NHS.

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Police believe missing Ashya King may be in Spain

Police have received "positive information" that suggests the family of terminally ill Ashya King may now be in Spain.

Ashya King was taken from Southampton General Hospital yesterday afternoon. Credit: Hampshire Police

The family may be travelling to the Marbella area where they have strong links, Hampshire Police added.

The need to find Ashya is now desperate. It is really important that we find him and ensure he receives medical attention at the earliest opportunity.

We still don’t know whether the King family have any spare batteries for the machine which administers food, the knowledge, or any way of recharging the battery.

Without properly administered food Ashya’s situation is very serious.

– Hampshire Constabulary Assistant Chief Constable Chris Shead

Ashya's family took him from Southampton General Hospital at around 2pm on Thursday and travelled on a ferry to France some two hours later.

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