Ashya King to start proton therapy treatment plan in Prague

Five-year-old Ashya King is set to start a proton therapy treatment plan in the Czech Republic to help him beat brain cancer.

In a statement, the centre said the five-year-old had been fitted with a special treatment mask as well as undergoing a series of tests.

Brett and Naghmeh King removed Ashya from Southampton General Hospital on August 28 against doctors' advice, following a disagreement over his treatment.

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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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