Hampshire police want Britt and Naghmeh King to return to the UK

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HAMPSHIRE'S Police and Crime Commissioner has defended the county's police force against accusations of heavy-handedness over the case of missing Ashya King.

Simon Hayes said that Hampshire Police has “no option” but to apply for an European arrest warrant when trying to find five-year-old Ashya and his family, when they had fled to France from Southampton General Hospital.

He added that Ashya had “rights to the complex medical treatment that he needs and he also has the right to the support of his parents”.

Daily Echo: Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner Simon Hayes

Hampshire Police and Crime Commissioner Simon Hayes

However, Mr Hayes also said that he did not think it was “good at all” that the five-year-old was on his own in hospital in Spain since his parents Brett and Naghmeh were arrested on Saturday night.

He said he hoped the boy would be reunited quickly with his parents in the UK.

But asked if police had been “heavy-handed”, Mr Hayes said: “I think if Hampshire Constabulary had ignored the professional medical advice and opinion, then they would have been negligent in their responsibilities to safeguard Ashya in this case and young children in general.

“I think the reality is that Hampshire have no jurisdiction to operate outside the UK, so once Ashya's parents had taken him across the Channel, there was no option but to apply for a European arrest warrant to secure the support of other national police forces.”

However, UKIP'S South East MEP Janice Atkinson believes Hampshire's Assistant Chief Constable Chris Shead should apologise to Ashya's parents, who she believes should be released immediately.

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UKIP MEP Janice Atkinson

She said: “I am appalled that Ashya's parents have been arrested. This little boy needs his mother at this time. He is five years old, probably doesn't speak Spanish, and will be lying in a hospital bed in distress.

“I call on the Home Secretary to contact the Spanish authorities so that Ashya's parents are released immediately.

“Then she should ask the Assistant Chief Constable of Hampshire, Chris Shead, why he 'made no apology for the police being proactive' to find Ashya.

“Then I would ask her whether she now thinks that pernicious European arrest warrant works in the hands of over-zealous policemen in the interests of British citizens?”

It comes as extradition proceedings were due begin in Spain today to force the parents of little Ashya King to return to the UK to be questioned by police.

Officers from Hampshire arrived in Malaga yesterday and were expected to speak to Brett and Naghmeh King, hours after they were found and arrested on suspicion of neglect of their son.

Five-year-old Ashya, who had been at the centre of an international search over fears he might die without specialist care, meanwhile spent a second night in a children's hospital and was said to be doing well.

An application to extradite the couple, who had fled to Spain with Ashya and his six siblings on Thursday afternoon, is expected to be made before a presiding judge in a court in Malaga at some point today.

However, should the King family choose to lodge an appeal against the proceedings, there could be a delay in the courts of up to 40 days.

The developments came as questions were today asked of Southampton General Hospital about whether they had over-reacted, causing a desperate family to feel they were being hounded and had kidnapped their child.

Since Ashya vanished at 2.15pm on Thursday hospital chiefs have said very little - and are yet to explain why it took them more than six hours to raise the alarm with police despite repeated requests.

However Hampshire police has moved to defend its role in leading an international search to find the sick little boy, who was diagnosed with a Grade 4 brain tumour in July, saying they were led to believe he could die.

Assistant Chief Constable Chris Shead, said the force made "no apology" for being proactive.

He said: "I think it's safe to say that faced with the situation we were, we had medical experts telling us that Ashya was in grave danger.

"Medical experts were saying to us if he didn't get the care that he needed there was a potential threat to his life.

"Faced with those circumstances, I make no apology for the police being as proactive as we possibly can to actually find Ashya and ensure that he gets the help he needed.

"I would much sooner be standing here facing criticism for being proactive than to stand here and face criticism for doing nothing and potentially having to explain why a child has lost his life.”

He had previously said that a decision to use a European Arrest Warrant to arrest Naghmeh and Brett King was simply a measure to enable them to get the youngster help. It is not yet known if this will result in the couple facing criminal charges - that, he said, was a matter for the Crown Prosecution Service at a later date.

Responding to a question about Mr King's claims they had been subjected to a "ridiculous chase" and left feeling like "refugees" and who were being "persecuted", Ass Chief Const Shead added: "All along I've said this has been a terribly difficult time for Ashya's family and I don't deviate from that.

"Heaven knows what they've been going through, it must be a terrible situation for anybody who's got a small child with that type of illness and I fully get that.

"But the reality of it is from the police and myself when we are told by medical experts that they have got grave concern for the health and wellbeing of a child because they feel that he has been taken from a safe environment in the hospital, is not getting the care that they actually need to give to ensure Ashya's health then we have to act.”

The family were found after a hotel worker in the Marbella area saw the global media appeal, backed by an alert from Interpol issued in 190 countries, and called police.

Spanish officers then stopped the family car, found Ashya and his parents inside, and arrested them.

The couple's six other children were staying at a hotel nearby.

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7:17am Mon 1 Sep 14

chapelsaint says...

Disgusting behaviour by police. These poor people were trying to increase the chances of their son living-THEY ARE NOT CRIMINALS.
Disgusting behaviour by police. These poor people were trying to increase the chances of their son living-THEY ARE NOT CRIMINALS. chapelsaint
  • Score: 0

7:21am Mon 1 Sep 14

Solent Soul says...

They have made this family look like a bunch of fugitives. I think the police should be concentrating on real crime, not parents who were clearly trying to do what they believe was right for their child by seeking alternative treatment. What is this country coming to..
They have made this family look like a bunch of fugitives. I think the police should be concentrating on real crime, not parents who were clearly trying to do what they believe was right for their child by seeking alternative treatment. What is this country coming to.. Solent Soul
  • Score: 0

7:39am Mon 1 Sep 14

funchal says...

chapelsaint wrote:
Disgusting behaviour by police. These poor people were trying to increase the chances of their son living-THEY ARE NOT CRIMINALS.
I totally agree as thousands of other people do.
[quote][p][bold]chapelsaint[/bold] wrote: Disgusting behaviour by police. These poor people were trying to increase the chances of their son living-THEY ARE NOT CRIMINALS.[/p][/quote]I totally agree as thousands of other people do. funchal
  • Score: -1

7:40am Mon 1 Sep 14

funchal says...

Solent Soul wrote:
They have made this family look like a bunch of fugitives. I think the police should be concentrating on real crime, not parents who were clearly trying to do what they believe was right for their child by seeking alternative treatment. What is this country coming to..
Yes you are amongst thousands of us that feel the same as you.
[quote][p][bold]Solent Soul[/bold] wrote: They have made this family look like a bunch of fugitives. I think the police should be concentrating on real crime, not parents who were clearly trying to do what they believe was right for their child by seeking alternative treatment. What is this country coming to..[/p][/quote]Yes you are amongst thousands of us that feel the same as you. funchal
  • Score: -8

7:50am Mon 1 Sep 14

Vikki-Lou1 says...

I understand why Hampshire police launched this search for ashya to ensure he is returned to hospital to get the treatment he deserves and so desperately needs. But arresting his parents and forcing them back to Britain without their poorly boy is disgusting! They haven't broken the law they just worried doctors / police. They need help and be listened to about the reasons why they took ashya. That very brave little boy must be so scared in a different hospital on his own and not being able to communicate, he needs his mummy and daddy by his side! Let's hope the judge makes the right decision foe ashya's sake! He the only person that matters in all this
I understand why Hampshire police launched this search for ashya to ensure he is returned to hospital to get the treatment he deserves and so desperately needs. But arresting his parents and forcing them back to Britain without their poorly boy is disgusting! They haven't broken the law they just worried doctors / police. They need help and be listened to about the reasons why they took ashya. That very brave little boy must be so scared in a different hospital on his own and not being able to communicate, he needs his mummy and daddy by his side! Let's hope the judge makes the right decision foe ashya's sake! He the only person that matters in all this Vikki-Lou1
  • Score: 11

8:13am Mon 1 Sep 14

country bird says...

Neglect is a serious issue which should not be taken lightly.
If you do not think a minor is receiving the best care somewhere, then you need to go down the correct channels if your going to remove them and take them else where.
you cannot just take a poorly child away from hospital and travel with them for hours or days, that is neglect as he was not receiving his vital medication.
if they had done things properly, then they could have organised appropriate transport maybe thru the hospitals etc and he would have been a heck of a lot more comfortable and without pain etc.
what they did was irresponsible and neglectful.
Neglect is a serious issue which should not be taken lightly. If you do not think a minor is receiving the best care somewhere, then you need to go down the correct channels if your going to remove them and take them else where. you cannot just take a poorly child away from hospital and travel with them for hours or days, that is neglect as he was not receiving his vital medication. if they had done things properly, then they could have organised appropriate transport maybe thru the hospitals etc and he would have been a heck of a lot more comfortable and without pain etc. what they did was irresponsible and neglectful. country bird
  • Score: 9

8:30am Mon 1 Sep 14

espanuel says...

country bird wrote:
Neglect is a serious issue which should not be taken lightly.
If you do not think a minor is receiving the best care somewhere, then you need to go down the correct channels if your going to remove them and take them else where.
you cannot just take a poorly child away from hospital and travel with them for hours or days, that is neglect as he was not receiving his vital medication.
if they had done things properly, then they could have organised appropriate transport maybe thru the hospitals etc and he would have been a heck of a lot more comfortable and without pain etc.
what they did was irresponsible and neglectful.
I totally agree with you 100%. What seems on here that everybody is blaming the police. They actually took advice from the medical profession at the hospital so what else were they suppose to do IGNORE IT and suffer the consequence if something went wrong or do something about it and that is what they have done. There are two sides to this story and we are only seeing the side of the parents and I'm keeping an open mind.
[quote][p][bold]country bird[/bold] wrote: Neglect is a serious issue which should not be taken lightly. If you do not think a minor is receiving the best care somewhere, then you need to go down the correct channels if your going to remove them and take them else where. you cannot just take a poorly child away from hospital and travel with them for hours or days, that is neglect as he was not receiving his vital medication. if they had done things properly, then they could have organised appropriate transport maybe thru the hospitals etc and he would have been a heck of a lot more comfortable and without pain etc. what they did was irresponsible and neglectful.[/p][/quote]I totally agree with you 100%. What seems on here that everybody is blaming the police. They actually took advice from the medical profession at the hospital so what else were they suppose to do IGNORE IT and suffer the consequence if something went wrong or do something about it and that is what they have done. There are two sides to this story and we are only seeing the side of the parents and I'm keeping an open mind. espanuel
  • Score: 16

8:50am Mon 1 Sep 14

skeptik says...

The police have acted within the letter of the law and that is probably right we have yet to make laws that suit all eventualities and cannot keep changing in the light of an individual case. It appears time and again that common sense is not part of the decision making process maybe that is because when decisions are made that do not bring the result we want heads to roll. Perhaps we should recruit from comments columns where so many get it right all of the time.
The police have acted within the letter of the law and that is probably right we have yet to make laws that suit all eventualities and cannot keep changing in the light of an individual case. It appears time and again that common sense is not part of the decision making process maybe that is because when decisions are made that do not bring the result we want heads to roll. Perhaps we should recruit from comments columns where so many get it right all of the time. skeptik
  • Score: 9

9:22am Mon 1 Sep 14

eurogordi says...

Quoting from the article, "**** Chief Const Shead" just about sums up the actions of Hampshire Police. Totally inappropriate action throughout this case.
Quoting from the article, "**** Chief Const Shead" just about sums up the actions of Hampshire Police. Totally inappropriate action throughout this case. eurogordi
  • Score: 2

9:30am Mon 1 Sep 14

userds5050 says...

country bird wrote:
Neglect is a serious issue which should not be taken lightly.
If you do not think a minor is receiving the best care somewhere, then you need to go down the correct channels if your going to remove them and take them else where.
you cannot just take a poorly child away from hospital and travel with them for hours or days, that is neglect as he was not receiving his vital medication.
if they had done things properly, then they could have organised appropriate transport maybe thru the hospitals etc and he would have been a heck of a lot more comfortable and without pain etc.
what they did was irresponsible and neglectful.
You obviously didn't bother to watch the video where his parents said he received his medication at all times.
[quote][p][bold]country bird[/bold] wrote: Neglect is a serious issue which should not be taken lightly. If you do not think a minor is receiving the best care somewhere, then you need to go down the correct channels if your going to remove them and take them else where. you cannot just take a poorly child away from hospital and travel with them for hours or days, that is neglect as he was not receiving his vital medication. if they had done things properly, then they could have organised appropriate transport maybe thru the hospitals etc and he would have been a heck of a lot more comfortable and without pain etc. what they did was irresponsible and neglectful.[/p][/quote]You obviously didn't bother to watch the video where his parents said he received his medication at all times. userds5050
  • Score: -4

10:09am Mon 1 Sep 14

lowemustgo says...

skeptik wrote:
The police have acted within the letter of the law and that is probably right we have yet to make laws that suit all eventualities and cannot keep changing in the light of an individual case. It appears time and again that common sense is not part of the decision making process maybe that is because when decisions are made that do not bring the result we want heads to roll. Perhaps we should recruit from comments columns where so many get it right all of the time.
Unfortunately, successive Governments have given away powers and 'made laws' which mean that citizens, who in the words of Hampshire Police have 'broken no laws' by taking their child out of hospital can be subjected to that travesty the 'European Arrest Warrant'. As was demonstrated, this enables the police in any EU country to arrest whoever they want, without any evidence to a judge or charges made and to hold them for as long as they feel like it. This is because the EU abolished the UK's 'Habeas Corpus' common law from Magna Carta. We also see that the child's grandmothers home in Portsmouth was searched because the police again abused their powers and obtained a search warrant when there was no offence committed. If Assistant Chief Constable Chris Shead is proud of this, then he is clearly in the wrong job .
[quote][p][bold]skeptik[/bold] wrote: The police have acted within the letter of the law and that is probably right we have yet to make laws that suit all eventualities and cannot keep changing in the light of an individual case. It appears time and again that common sense is not part of the decision making process maybe that is because when decisions are made that do not bring the result we want heads to roll. Perhaps we should recruit from comments columns where so many get it right all of the time.[/p][/quote]Unfortunately, successive Governments have given away powers and 'made laws' which mean that citizens, who in the words of Hampshire Police have 'broken no laws' by taking their child out of hospital can be subjected to that travesty the 'European Arrest Warrant'. As was demonstrated, this enables the police in any EU country to arrest whoever they want, without any evidence to a judge or charges made and to hold them for as long as they feel like it. This is because the EU abolished the UK's 'Habeas Corpus' common law from Magna Carta. We also see that the child's grandmothers home in Portsmouth was searched because the police again abused their powers and obtained a search warrant when there was no offence committed. If Assistant Chief Constable Chris Shead is proud of this, then he is clearly in the wrong job . lowemustgo
  • Score: 1

10:10am Mon 1 Sep 14

Alan Reynard says...

For goodness sake, The police and especially the parents all believe that what they are doing is the right course of action, even Solomon would have difficulty on this issue.
For goodness sake, The police and especially the parents all believe that what they are doing is the right course of action, even Solomon would have difficulty on this issue. Alan Reynard
  • Score: 8

12:34pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Heinz Kiosk says...

lowemustgo wrote:
skeptik wrote:
The police have acted within the letter of the law and that is probably right we have yet to make laws that suit all eventualities and cannot keep changing in the light of an individual case. It appears time and again that common sense is not part of the decision making process maybe that is because when decisions are made that do not bring the result we want heads to roll. Perhaps we should recruit from comments columns where so many get it right all of the time.
Unfortunately, successive Governments have given away powers and 'made laws' which mean that citizens, who in the words of Hampshire Police have 'broken no laws' by taking their child out of hospital can be subjected to that travesty the 'European Arrest Warrant'. As was demonstrated, this enables the police in any EU country to arrest whoever they want, without any evidence to a judge or charges made and to hold them for as long as they feel like it. This is because the EU abolished the UK's 'Habeas Corpus' common law from Magna Carta. We also see that the child's grandmothers home in Portsmouth was searched because the police again abused their powers and obtained a search warrant when there was no offence committed. If Assistant Chief Constable Chris Shead is proud of this, then he is clearly in the wrong job .
And equally if I said in Vienna that the Holocaust was not unique in the annals of history Hants Police would have to nick me here , if required by the authorities in Austria, for something not criminal in Hampshire. Which is a very fine argument, but only one of an overwhelming number, for leaving the vile EU.
But I think we'll have o vote Conservative or let in Miliband whose supporters, as he has said, rightly, are far too stupid to have a referendum.
Can't they be released now on an undertaking not to remove the boy to North Africa, where, I'm sure, they were headed-outside the jurisdiction? Probably not. Unlikely to be any sensible bits in "laws" from the Paris-Berlin Axis.
[quote][p][bold]lowemustgo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]skeptik[/bold] wrote: The police have acted within the letter of the law and that is probably right we have yet to make laws that suit all eventualities and cannot keep changing in the light of an individual case. It appears time and again that common sense is not part of the decision making process maybe that is because when decisions are made that do not bring the result we want heads to roll. Perhaps we should recruit from comments columns where so many get it right all of the time.[/p][/quote]Unfortunately, successive Governments have given away powers and 'made laws' which mean that citizens, who in the words of Hampshire Police have 'broken no laws' by taking their child out of hospital can be subjected to that travesty the 'European Arrest Warrant'. As was demonstrated, this enables the police in any EU country to arrest whoever they want, without any evidence to a judge or charges made and to hold them for as long as they feel like it. This is because the EU abolished the UK's 'Habeas Corpus' common law from Magna Carta. We also see that the child's grandmothers home in Portsmouth was searched because the police again abused their powers and obtained a search warrant when there was no offence committed. If Assistant Chief Constable Chris Shead is proud of this, then he is clearly in the wrong job .[/p][/quote]And equally if I said in Vienna that the Holocaust was not unique in the annals of history Hants Police would have to nick me here , if required by the authorities in Austria, for something not criminal in Hampshire. Which is a very fine argument, but only one of an overwhelming number, for leaving the vile EU. But I think we'll have o vote Conservative or let in Miliband whose supporters, as he has said, rightly, are far too stupid to have a referendum. Can't they be released now on an undertaking not to remove the boy to North Africa, where, I'm sure, they were headed-outside the jurisdiction? Probably not. Unlikely to be any sensible bits in "laws" from the Paris-Berlin Axis. Heinz Kiosk
  • Score: -9

1:03pm Mon 1 Sep 14

forest hump says...

country bird wrote:
Neglect is a serious issue which should not be taken lightly.
If you do not think a minor is receiving the best care somewhere, then you need to go down the correct channels if your going to remove them and take them else where.
you cannot just take a poorly child away from hospital and travel with them for hours or days, that is neglect as he was not receiving his vital medication.
if they had done things properly, then they could have organised appropriate transport maybe thru the hospitals etc and he would have been a heck of a lot more comfortable and without pain etc.
what they did was irresponsible and neglectful.
Unless you know the exact details, shut up.
[quote][p][bold]country bird[/bold] wrote: Neglect is a serious issue which should not be taken lightly. If you do not think a minor is receiving the best care somewhere, then you need to go down the correct channels if your going to remove them and take them else where. you cannot just take a poorly child away from hospital and travel with them for hours or days, that is neglect as he was not receiving his vital medication. if they had done things properly, then they could have organised appropriate transport maybe thru the hospitals etc and he would have been a heck of a lot more comfortable and without pain etc. what they did was irresponsible and neglectful.[/p][/quote]Unless you know the exact details, shut up. forest hump
  • Score: 5

1:24pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Lone Ranger. says...

forest hump wrote:
country bird wrote:
Neglect is a serious issue which should not be taken lightly.
If you do not think a minor is receiving the best care somewhere, then you need to go down the correct channels if your going to remove them and take them else where.
you cannot just take a poorly child away from hospital and travel with them for hours or days, that is neglect as he was not receiving his vital medication.
if they had done things properly, then they could have organised appropriate transport maybe thru the hospitals etc and he would have been a heck of a lot more comfortable and without pain etc.
what they did was irresponsible and neglectful.
Unless you know the exact details, shut up.
Like you do you mean !!!!!
[quote][p][bold]forest hump[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]country bird[/bold] wrote: Neglect is a serious issue which should not be taken lightly. If you do not think a minor is receiving the best care somewhere, then you need to go down the correct channels if your going to remove them and take them else where. you cannot just take a poorly child away from hospital and travel with them for hours or days, that is neglect as he was not receiving his vital medication. if they had done things properly, then they could have organised appropriate transport maybe thru the hospitals etc and he would have been a heck of a lot more comfortable and without pain etc. what they did was irresponsible and neglectful.[/p][/quote]Unless you know the exact details, shut up.[/p][/quote]Like you do you mean !!!!! Lone Ranger.
  • Score: 5

4:09pm Mon 1 Sep 14

espanuel says...

skeptik wrote:
The police have acted within the letter of the law and that is probably right we have yet to make laws that suit all eventualities and cannot keep changing in the light of an individual case. It appears time and again that common sense is not part of the decision making process maybe that is because when decisions are made that do not bring the result we want heads to roll. Perhaps we should recruit from comments columns where so many get it right all of the time.
Totally agree with in all what you have written. So many bl**dy lawyers on here.
[quote][p][bold]skeptik[/bold] wrote: The police have acted within the letter of the law and that is probably right we have yet to make laws that suit all eventualities and cannot keep changing in the light of an individual case. It appears time and again that common sense is not part of the decision making process maybe that is because when decisions are made that do not bring the result we want heads to roll. Perhaps we should recruit from comments columns where so many get it right all of the time.[/p][/quote]Totally agree with in all what you have written. So many bl**dy lawyers on here. espanuel
  • Score: 6

4:09pm Mon 1 Sep 14

espanuel says...

skeptik wrote:
The police have acted within the letter of the law and that is probably right we have yet to make laws that suit all eventualities and cannot keep changing in the light of an individual case. It appears time and again that common sense is not part of the decision making process maybe that is because when decisions are made that do not bring the result we want heads to roll. Perhaps we should recruit from comments columns where so many get it right all of the time.
Totally agree with in all what you have written. So many bl**dy lawyers on here.
[quote][p][bold]skeptik[/bold] wrote: The police have acted within the letter of the law and that is probably right we have yet to make laws that suit all eventualities and cannot keep changing in the light of an individual case. It appears time and again that common sense is not part of the decision making process maybe that is because when decisions are made that do not bring the result we want heads to roll. Perhaps we should recruit from comments columns where so many get it right all of the time.[/p][/quote]Totally agree with in all what you have written. So many bl**dy lawyers on here. espanuel
  • Score: 6

4:23pm Mon 1 Sep 14

jonone says...

country bird wrote:
Neglect is a serious issue which should not be taken lightly. If you do not think a minor is receiving the best care somewhere, then you need to go down the correct channels if your going to remove them and take them else where. you cannot just take a poorly child away from hospital and travel with them for hours or days, that is neglect as he was not receiving his vital medication. if they had done things properly, then they could have organised appropriate transport maybe thru the hospitals etc and he would have been a heck of a lot more comfortable and without pain etc. what they did was irresponsible and neglectful.
You are a parent are you?
[quote][p][bold]country bird[/bold] wrote: Neglect is a serious issue which should not be taken lightly. If you do not think a minor is receiving the best care somewhere, then you need to go down the correct channels if your going to remove them and take them else where. you cannot just take a poorly child away from hospital and travel with them for hours or days, that is neglect as he was not receiving his vital medication. if they had done things properly, then they could have organised appropriate transport maybe thru the hospitals etc and he would have been a heck of a lot more comfortable and without pain etc. what they did was irresponsible and neglectful.[/p][/quote]You are a parent are you? jonone
  • Score: -4

7:20pm Mon 1 Sep 14

Heinz Kiosk says...

Maybe the EU should get a stream of protons but its vileness is beyond salvation I fear. Stuff their European Arrest Warrants up their well nourished bureaucratic fundamental orifices and GET OUT OF THE EU. For those who might vote Labour, this (the EAW) is what you will not be allowed to vote to get rid of if your Party wins.
Think-very hard- about where to put your cross next May.
Maybe the EU should get a stream of protons but its vileness is beyond salvation I fear. Stuff their European Arrest Warrants up their well nourished bureaucratic fundamental orifices and GET OUT OF THE EU. For those who might vote Labour, this (the EAW) is what you will not be allowed to vote to get rid of if your Party wins. Think-very hard- about where to put your cross next May. Heinz Kiosk
  • Score: -8
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