Massive search operation continues after five-year-old with brain tumour now could be heading to Marbella with his family

Missing Ashya King

Missing Ashya King

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AN INTERNATIONAL search to find a seriously ill five-year-old suffering from a brain tumour has today moved to Spain.

Ashya King was taken from Southampton General Hospital by his parents on Thursday and they were last seen on a ferry to France.

That triggered a huge search operation which has seen officers from Hampshire Constabulary working alongside colleagues across Western Europe and Interpol in a desperate bid to find him.

This morning police revealed they have received information suggesting the youngster, who is desperately ill, and his parents and six siblings are in Spain.

Daily Echo:

Hampshire police believe the family is or could be heading to the Marbella area.

However, it has been reported the family's vehicle was spotted by members of the public yesterday and that was part of the reason police believed they were travelling to Spain.

Police have said they would be contacting hospitals across Europe and Hampshire Constabulary may send officers to Spain and France in the search for Ashya.

They fear Ashya's life may be at risk, and last night police said their concerns were growing with each hour after the battery life on a machine administering his food was likely to have expired.

As reported, Ashya, from Southsea, was being treated at Southampton General and had recently undergone surgery.

His parents Brett King, 51, and Naghmeh King, 45, took him from the hospital at 2pm on Thursday and they were last seen boarding a continental ferry from Portsmouth to Cherbourg with Ashya and his six siblings.

With no idea as to the family’s whereabouts, police are coordinating a massive search operation that has seen messages sent out on social media sites in France, Germany, Spain and Italy as well as the UK.

Daily Echo:

This morning, Hampshire Constabulary Assistant Chief Constable Chris Shead (above) said: "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."

"Our message remains the same: please help us find him."

 University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust said Ashya was allowed to leave the ward under his parents' supervision and hospital staff raised the alarm when the length of his absence ''became a cause of concern''.

 The Office of Public Information for Jehovah's Witnesses confirmed that Ashya's parents were followers of the religious movement.

 Although Jehovah's Witnesses refuse blood transfusions on religious grounds, a spokesman said there was ''absolutely no indication'' that the family's decision was ''motivated by any religious convictions''.

 Police have said their ''total focus'' is on finding Ashya and his parents are not under criminal investigation.

 Ashya's paternal grandmother, Patricia King, said his parents were ''wonderful'' and had been left beside themselves at their child's plight.

 Speaking from her home in Southsea yesterday, she said of her son: ''He's the most caring and wonderful father you could ever have. The kids love him.''

 She also praised her daughter-in-law, saying she had kept a bedside vigil while Ashya was in hospital.

 ''We are a very close family,'' she added.

 Ms King said she last spoke to her son ''quite a while ago'', adding: ''He wouldn't have told me anything because he wouldn't want me to know anything in case I got involved in it all.''

The registration of the grey people carrier that the King family are travelling in is KP60 HWK.

He added: "If you see it, if you think you may have seen Brett, Naghmeh, Ashya and the six other children, please call us now on +441962 841534 or dial the European emergency number on 112 as soon as possible."

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11:52am Sat 30 Aug 14

excusemoi says...

I am really surprised that the family are Jehovah's witnesses, as JW's are law abiding citizens and respect the authorities. I can't understand it. I expect their congregation will be worried as well.
I am really surprised that the family are Jehovah's witnesses, as JW's are law abiding citizens and respect the authorities. I can't understand it. I expect their congregation will be worried as well. excusemoi
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12:26pm Sat 30 Aug 14

Rachie says...

excusemoi wrote:
I am really surprised that the family are Jehovah's witnesses, as JW's are law abiding citizens and respect the authorities. I can't understand it. I expect their congregation will be worried as well.
I'm not really sure what 'law' they've broken. It doesn't appear they've broken a court order, or that the child is in the care of local authority.

As far as I can see they've removed their child from a hospital that they were using through choice.

Much as it goes against the grain and is not a choice I would make personally, I think perhaps this family should be left alone to make their choices for their child.
[quote][p][bold]excusemoi[/bold] wrote: I am really surprised that the family are Jehovah's witnesses, as JW's are law abiding citizens and respect the authorities. I can't understand it. I expect their congregation will be worried as well.[/p][/quote]I'm not really sure what 'law' they've broken. It doesn't appear they've broken a court order, or that the child is in the care of local authority. As far as I can see they've removed their child from a hospital that they were using through choice. Much as it goes against the grain and is not a choice I would make personally, I think perhaps this family should be left alone to make their choices for their child. Rachie
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1:49pm Sat 30 Aug 14

kingkong 1 says...

I think if the boy dies, criminal charges should be made. What they have done is very irresponsible. At the very very least endangering the welfare of a child.
I think if the boy dies, criminal charges should be made. What they have done is very irresponsible. At the very very least endangering the welfare of a child. kingkong 1
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1:59pm Sat 30 Aug 14

Rachie says...

kingkong 1 wrote:
I think if the boy dies, criminal charges should be made. What they have done is very irresponsible. At the very very least endangering the welfare of a child.
Welfare of the child? You realise his prognosis is very poor with OR without treatment don't you?

Perhaps his parents believe his welfare is best served in peace with his family. Who can say with any certainty that they're wrong?
[quote][p][bold]kingkong 1[/bold] wrote: I think if the boy dies, criminal charges should be made. What they have done is very irresponsible. At the very very least endangering the welfare of a child.[/p][/quote]Welfare of the child? You realise his prognosis is very poor with OR without treatment don't you? Perhaps his parents believe his welfare is best served in peace with his family. Who can say with any certainty that they're wrong? Rachie
  • Score: 2
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