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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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CPS: King charges dropped after new evidence

The Crown Prosecution Service says it has stopped proceedings against Ashya King's parents after evidence received today indicated they were not guilty of "wilful neglect" of their child by taking him from hospital care.

Brett and Naghmeh King were initially thought to be ill-equipped to care for Ashya in his condition.

The CPS said initial evidence showed Ashya needed "round-the-clock nursing care", including some which required training and specialist nutrition that it believed Brett and Naghmeh King did not have.

However, the CPS said it now believed Mr and Mrs King took "certain steps to safeguard the health of Ashya" after new evidence today.

It said evidence from two independent medical experts also "indicated that the risk to Ashya's life was not as great or immediate as had been originally thought".

Therefore the charge of child cruelty supported by wilful neglect could not be proved to the required standard, the CPS said.

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