Team from Hampshire police fly to Spain after Ashya King, 5, was found with his parents last night

Police fly to Spain to interview Ashya's parents

Police fly to Spain to interview Ashya's parents

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A TEAM of Hampshire police officers were today due to fly to Spain to speak to the parents of Ashya King after he was found and taken to hospital last night.

The youngster was discovered in the back of the family car in Velez, in Malaga, around 9.30pm by local police who recognised and stopped the vehicle.

Inside they found Ashya along with his mum Naghmeh and dad Brett who was last seen wheeling his little boy out of Southampton General Hospital at 2.15pm on Thursday.

Ashya had been a patient there while undergoing treatment for a brain tumour which was recently removed.

He was taken against the wishes of doctors who said he needed specialist care, prompting a major police hunt spanning several European countries to try and find him.

Last night officers got the news they had desperately waited for as Ashya was found and taken to hospital in Malaga. His condition was not known but he was not showing signs of distress.

Meanwhile his parents were arrested on suspicion of neglect, using a European arrest warrant granted earlier yesterday.

Ashya's six brothers and sisters were not in the car with him when it was stopped but were last night safe and well in a hotel, police said.

Southampton General Hospital staff were said to be relieved on hearing the news and were last night liaising with medical counterparts in Malaga to ensure they had all of Ashya's medical history.

It is not yet known when Ashya will return home to Hampshire as it will depend on his medical state.

 

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7:31am Sun 31 Aug 14

Huey says...

Great news they found the child in time, well done Spanish cops.
Great news they found the child in time, well done Spanish cops. Huey
  • Score: 9

8:42am Sun 31 Aug 14

Kirsty666 says...

I'm pleased they found him however there was still no need to obtain an arrest warrent on the parents
I'm pleased they found him however there was still no need to obtain an arrest warrent on the parents Kirsty666
  • Score: 10

9:02am Sun 31 Aug 14

david33 says...

What a complete waste of police time, this is has blown out of all proportion., completely over the the top.
What a complete waste of police time, this is has blown out of all proportion., completely over the the top. david33
  • Score: 26

9:24am Sun 31 Aug 14

Parent27 says...

Hunting parents who are trying to do the best for their child? Shame on the NHS and police force when we ignore real abuse and neglect. My best wishes to you and your parents Ashya, get well soon knowing just how much your parents love you.
Hunting parents who are trying to do the best for their child? Shame on the NHS and police force when we ignore real abuse and neglect. My best wishes to you and your parents Ashya, get well soon knowing just how much your parents love you. Parent27
  • Score: 25

10:18am Sun 31 Aug 14

andysaints007 says...

Kirsty666 wrote:
I'm pleased they found him however there was still no need to obtain an arrest warrent on the parents
They needed an arrest warrant to be able to talk to them
[quote][p][bold]Kirsty666[/bold] wrote: I'm pleased they found him however there was still no need to obtain an arrest warrent on the parents[/p][/quote]They needed an arrest warrant to be able to talk to them andysaints007
  • Score: 3

11:06am Sun 31 Aug 14

Heinz Kiosk says...

Parent27 wrote:
Hunting parents who are trying to do the best for their child? Shame on the NHS and police force when we ignore real abuse and neglect. My best wishes to you and your parents Ashya, get well soon knowing just how much your parents love you.
Doing the best=driving him down Europe for 30 hours in a motor car? Jolly good job they didn't want to mistreat him.
[quote][p][bold]Parent27[/bold] wrote: Hunting parents who are trying to do the best for their child? Shame on the NHS and police force when we ignore real abuse and neglect. My best wishes to you and your parents Ashya, get well soon knowing just how much your parents love you.[/p][/quote]Doing the best=driving him down Europe for 30 hours in a motor car? Jolly good job they didn't want to mistreat him. Heinz Kiosk
  • Score: 5

11:31am Sun 31 Aug 14

david33 says...

andysaints007 wrote:
Kirsty666 wrote:
I'm pleased they found him however there was still no need to obtain an arrest warrent on the parents
They needed an arrest warrant to be able to talk to them
The father has made a full video statement on u tube , it is very structured and he is clearly stable and by this I mean the father. There is enough information in this video statement to answer questions .The parents did not need to be arrested. If the hospital in Spain say the boy has been mis treated then that's different but I don't think they did so let this family get on with trying to help their son.
I hope someone with money has read their case and can help them.
[quote][p][bold]andysaints007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kirsty666[/bold] wrote: I'm pleased they found him however there was still no need to obtain an arrest warrent on the parents[/p][/quote]They needed an arrest warrant to be able to talk to them[/p][/quote]The father has made a full video statement on u tube , it is very structured and he is clearly stable and by this I mean the father. There is enough information in this video statement to answer questions .The parents did not need to be arrested. If the hospital in Spain say the boy has been mis treated then that's different but I don't think they did so let this family get on with trying to help their son. I hope someone with money has read their case and can help them. david33
  • Score: 9

11:48am Sun 31 Aug 14

Mousetrap says...

Six hours before they found him missing? I'm not surprised they wanted to take him to another hospital.
Six hours before they found him missing? I'm not surprised they wanted to take him to another hospital. Mousetrap
  • Score: 3

11:55am Sun 31 Aug 14

speedyuk says...

You lot make be angry !!! The police were racing against time to get to that little boy who was going to die a slow painful death if not found. The police were trying to locate him quickly the NHS did the right thing what were they meant to do let him die. The warrant was granted by a magistrates who obviously were satisfied to grant it not something they do easily. Yes the parents have been arrested but no CPS prosecution will take place no way. The parents have Been in Spain two days they never took him to a hospital knowing how ill he was if they were getting treatment they would have gone straight there. Also who was with the other kids sad story but this was not over the top to save a child so no not shame on police and NHS well bloody done for protecting that little boy !!!!
You lot make be angry !!! The police were racing against time to get to that little boy who was going to die a slow painful death if not found. The police were trying to locate him quickly the NHS did the right thing what were they meant to do let him die. The warrant was granted by a magistrates who obviously were satisfied to grant it not something they do easily. Yes the parents have been arrested but no CPS prosecution will take place no way. The parents have Been in Spain two days they never took him to a hospital knowing how ill he was if they were getting treatment they would have gone straight there. Also who was with the other kids sad story but this was not over the top to save a child so no not shame on police and NHS well bloody done for protecting that little boy !!!! speedyuk
  • Score: -2

11:58am Sun 31 Aug 14

speedyuk says...

Mousetrap wrote:
Six hours before they found him missing? I'm not surprised they wanted to take him to another hospital.
Ffs they regularly took him put they lived in a charity house in the hospital grounds and daily would take him there if you can't keep up with the facts don't comment our general hospital is one of the best be proud of it after all they have this little man a life saving op
[quote][p][bold]Mousetrap[/bold] wrote: Six hours before they found him missing? I'm not surprised they wanted to take him to another hospital.[/p][/quote]Ffs they regularly took him put they lived in a charity house in the hospital grounds and daily would take him there if you can't keep up with the facts don't comment our general hospital is one of the best be proud of it after all they have this little man a life saving op speedyuk
  • Score: 4

11:58am Sun 31 Aug 14

andysaints007 says...

david33 wrote:
andysaints007 wrote:
Kirsty666 wrote:
I'm pleased they found him however there was still no need to obtain an arrest warrent on the parents
They needed an arrest warrant to be able to talk to them
The father has made a full video statement on u tube , it is very structured and he is clearly stable and by this I mean the father. There is enough information in this video statement to answer questions .The parents did not need to be arrested. If the hospital in Spain say the boy has been mis treated then that's different but I don't think they did so let this family get on with trying to help their son.
I hope someone with money has read their case and can help them.
They didn't have to be arrested - but without a warrant the police would not be able to talk to them. Not according to me - but according to a legal expert being interviewed.
Anyways I don't consider driving across Europe in a car in the best interests of a small kid
[quote][p][bold]david33[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]andysaints007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Kirsty666[/bold] wrote: I'm pleased they found him however there was still no need to obtain an arrest warrent on the parents[/p][/quote]They needed an arrest warrant to be able to talk to them[/p][/quote]The father has made a full video statement on u tube , it is very structured and he is clearly stable and by this I mean the father. There is enough information in this video statement to answer questions .The parents did not need to be arrested. If the hospital in Spain say the boy has been mis treated then that's different but I don't think they did so let this family get on with trying to help their son. I hope someone with money has read their case and can help them.[/p][/quote]They didn't have to be arrested - but without a warrant the police would not be able to talk to them. Not according to me - but according to a legal expert being interviewed. Anyways I don't consider driving across Europe in a car in the best interests of a small kid andysaints007
  • Score: 2

12:08pm Sun 31 Aug 14

forest hump says...

speedyuk wrote:
Mousetrap wrote:
Six hours before they found him missing? I'm not surprised they wanted to take him to another hospital.
Ffs they regularly took him put they lived in a charity house in the hospital grounds and daily would take him there if you can't keep up with the facts don't comment our general hospital is one of the best be proud of it after all they have this little man a life saving op
But did you not read the papers? "Abduction" "snatched" "kidnapped" to quote just a few headlines.
[quote][p][bold]speedyuk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mousetrap[/bold] wrote: Six hours before they found him missing? I'm not surprised they wanted to take him to another hospital.[/p][/quote]Ffs they regularly took him put they lived in a charity house in the hospital grounds and daily would take him there if you can't keep up with the facts don't comment our general hospital is one of the best be proud of it after all they have this little man a life saving op[/p][/quote]But did you not read the papers? "Abduction" "snatched" "kidnapped" to quote just a few headlines. forest hump
  • Score: 2

12:31pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Heinz Kiosk says...

speedyuk wrote:
Mousetrap wrote:
Six hours before they found him missing? I'm not surprised they wanted to take him to another hospital.
Ffs they regularly took him put they lived in a charity house in the hospital grounds and daily would take him there if you can't keep up with the facts don't comment our general hospital is one of the best be proud of it after all they have this little man a life saving op
From speed-yuk's command of punctuation I assume s/he is PR manager of said hospital.
Would I be right in assuming they were waiting at Malaga for the ferry to North Africa?
[quote][p][bold]speedyuk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mousetrap[/bold] wrote: Six hours before they found him missing? I'm not surprised they wanted to take him to another hospital.[/p][/quote]Ffs they regularly took him put they lived in a charity house in the hospital grounds and daily would take him there if you can't keep up with the facts don't comment our general hospital is one of the best be proud of it after all they have this little man a life saving op[/p][/quote]From speed-yuk's command of punctuation I assume s/he is PR manager of said hospital. Would I be right in assuming they were waiting at Malaga for the ferry to North Africa? Heinz Kiosk
  • Score: -3

12:37pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Richard 51 says...

If said parents were not Jehovah's Witnesses nothing would have happened.
Why are the police going to Spain, no crime has been committed, what it is a late summer jolly.
If said parents were not Jehovah's Witnesses nothing would have happened. Why are the police going to Spain, no crime has been committed, what it is a late summer jolly. Richard 51
  • Score: -4

1:03pm Sun 31 Aug 14

espanuel says...

speedyuk wrote:
You lot make be angry !!! The police were racing against time to get to that little boy who was going to die a slow painful death if not found. The police were trying to locate him quickly the NHS did the right thing what were they meant to do let him die. The warrant was granted by a magistrates who obviously were satisfied to grant it not something they do easily. Yes the parents have been arrested but no CPS prosecution will take place no way. The parents have Been in Spain two days they never took him to a hospital knowing how ill he was if they were getting treatment they would have gone straight there. Also who was with the other kids sad story but this was not over the top to save a child so no not shame on police and NHS well bloody done for protecting that little boy !!!!
Well said, and every body on here knows all about this case and why they disappeared I DONT THINK. And for the person who said it took 30hrs to drive to Spain from France you can do it 12hrs to Malaga or Marbella.
[quote][p][bold]speedyuk[/bold] wrote: You lot make be angry !!! The police were racing against time to get to that little boy who was going to die a slow painful death if not found. The police were trying to locate him quickly the NHS did the right thing what were they meant to do let him die. The warrant was granted by a magistrates who obviously were satisfied to grant it not something they do easily. Yes the parents have been arrested but no CPS prosecution will take place no way. The parents have Been in Spain two days they never took him to a hospital knowing how ill he was if they were getting treatment they would have gone straight there. Also who was with the other kids sad story but this was not over the top to save a child so no not shame on police and NHS well bloody done for protecting that little boy !!!![/p][/quote]Well said, and every body on here knows all about this case and why they disappeared I DONT THINK. And for the person who said it took 30hrs to drive to Spain from France you can do it 12hrs to Malaga or Marbella. espanuel
  • Score: 1

3:14pm Sun 31 Aug 14

BeyondImagination says...

It's a shame the parents didn't tell the hospital staff what they were doing soon after the event. The actions of hospital and police were probably appropriate with no information. A
facebook posting once they got to
France would have saved lots of time
and concern.

Not sure a crime has been committed but equally unsure parents need to commit a crime to be extradited and have their kids put under a protection
order. It will be a real shame if that
happens.
It's a shame the parents didn't tell the hospital staff what they were doing soon after the event. The actions of hospital and police were probably appropriate with no information. A facebook posting once they got to France would have saved lots of time and concern. Not sure a crime has been committed but equally unsure parents need to commit a crime to be extradited and have their kids put under a protection order. It will be a real shame if that happens. BeyondImagination
  • Score: -1

6:23pm Sun 31 Aug 14

Mousetrap says...

speedyuk wrote:
Mousetrap wrote:
Six hours before they found him missing? I'm not surprised they wanted to take him to another hospital.
Ffs they regularly took him put they lived in a charity house in the hospital grounds and daily would take him there if you can't keep up with the facts don't comment our general hospital is one of the best be proud of it after all they have this little man a life saving op
I hold my hands up I never read that anywhere but have now Googled it and found it in a newspaper. However, I still think that a child who is supposed to have round the clock care should be looked at by a nurse or someone on a regular basis. I have also now read that the hospital is looking into the fact that it took so long to realise he had gone.
[quote][p][bold]speedyuk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mousetrap[/bold] wrote: Six hours before they found him missing? I'm not surprised they wanted to take him to another hospital.[/p][/quote]Ffs they regularly took him put they lived in a charity house in the hospital grounds and daily would take him there if you can't keep up with the facts don't comment our general hospital is one of the best be proud of it after all they have this little man a life saving op[/p][/quote]I hold my hands up I never read that anywhere but have now Googled it and found it in a newspaper. However, I still think that a child who is supposed to have round the clock care should be looked at by a nurse or someone on a regular basis. I have also now read that the hospital is looking into the fact that it took so long to realise he had gone. Mousetrap
  • Score: 0

11:01pm Sun 31 Aug 14

BeyondImagination says...

Mousetrap wrote:
speedyuk wrote:
Mousetrap wrote:
Six hours before they found him missing? I'm not surprised they wanted to take him to another hospital.
Ffs they regularly took him put they lived in a charity house in the hospital grounds and daily would take him there if you can't keep up with the facts don't comment our general hospital is one of the best be proud of it after all they have this little man a life saving op
I hold my hands up I never read that anywhere but have now Googled it and found it in a newspaper. However, I still think that a child who is supposed to have round the clock care should be looked at by a nurse or someone on a regular basis. I have also now read that the hospital is looking into the fact that it took so long to realise he had gone.
It's not unusual for patients to be allowed out for a day or a weekend. It is usually beneficial for patient and family when in long term care but is not for those who are not stable. It's well known that illness is regarded as a Monday to Friday thing in hospitals and nothing happens at the weekend.

Observations (blood pressure and temperature) are normally taken twice a day unless post op or in exceptional circumstances.
[quote][p][bold]Mousetrap[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]speedyuk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mousetrap[/bold] wrote: Six hours before they found him missing? I'm not surprised they wanted to take him to another hospital.[/p][/quote]Ffs they regularly took him put they lived in a charity house in the hospital grounds and daily would take him there if you can't keep up with the facts don't comment our general hospital is one of the best be proud of it after all they have this little man a life saving op[/p][/quote]I hold my hands up I never read that anywhere but have now Googled it and found it in a newspaper. However, I still think that a child who is supposed to have round the clock care should be looked at by a nurse or someone on a regular basis. I have also now read that the hospital is looking into the fact that it took so long to realise he had gone.[/p][/quote]It's not unusual for patients to be allowed out for a day or a weekend. It is usually beneficial for patient and family when in long term care but is not for those who are not stable. It's well known that illness is regarded as a Monday to Friday thing in hospitals and nothing happens at the weekend. Observations (blood pressure and temperature) are normally taken twice a day unless post op or in exceptional circumstances. BeyondImagination
  • Score: 0

10:04am Mon 1 Sep 14

Heinz Kiosk says...

espanuel wrote:
speedyuk wrote:
You lot make be angry !!! The police were racing against time to get to that little boy who was going to die a slow painful death if not found. The police were trying to locate him quickly the NHS did the right thing what were they meant to do let him die. The warrant was granted by a magistrates who obviously were satisfied to grant it not something they do easily. Yes the parents have been arrested but no CPS prosecution will take place no way. The parents have Been in Spain two days they never took him to a hospital knowing how ill he was if they were getting treatment they would have gone straight there. Also who was with the other kids sad story but this was not over the top to save a child so no not shame on police and NHS well bloody done for protecting that little boy !!!!
Well said, and every body on here knows all about this case and why they disappeared I DONT THINK. And for the person who said it took 30hrs to drive to Spain from France you can do it 12hrs to Malaga or Marbella.
From Hendaye, or Irun, yes. From Calais? You have absolutely no idea what you're on about. In any event, even if you did 12 hours and were approaching the Pyrenees, would that help a very sick child being tossed about in the back of a car?
[quote][p][bold]espanuel[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]speedyuk[/bold] wrote: You lot make be angry !!! The police were racing against time to get to that little boy who was going to die a slow painful death if not found. The police were trying to locate him quickly the NHS did the right thing what were they meant to do let him die. The warrant was granted by a magistrates who obviously were satisfied to grant it not something they do easily. Yes the parents have been arrested but no CPS prosecution will take place no way. The parents have Been in Spain two days they never took him to a hospital knowing how ill he was if they were getting treatment they would have gone straight there. Also who was with the other kids sad story but this was not over the top to save a child so no not shame on police and NHS well bloody done for protecting that little boy !!!![/p][/quote]Well said, and every body on here knows all about this case and why they disappeared I DONT THINK. And for the person who said it took 30hrs to drive to Spain from France you can do it 12hrs to Malaga or Marbella.[/p][/quote]From Hendaye, or Irun, yes. From Calais? You have absolutely no idea what you're on about. In any event, even if you did 12 hours and were approaching the Pyrenees, would that help a very sick child being tossed about in the back of a car? Heinz Kiosk
  • Score: 0

10:34am Mon 1 Sep 14

tomThomp says...

BeyondImagination wrote:
Mousetrap wrote:
speedyuk wrote:
Mousetrap wrote:
Six hours before they found him missing? I'm not surprised they wanted to take him to another hospital.
Ffs they regularly took him put they lived in a charity house in the hospital grounds and daily would take him there if you can't keep up with the facts don't comment our general hospital is one of the best be proud of it after all they have this little man a life saving op
I hold my hands up I never read that anywhere but have now Googled it and found it in a newspaper. However, I still think that a child who is supposed to have round the clock care should be looked at by a nurse or someone on a regular basis. I have also now read that the hospital is looking into the fact that it took so long to realise he had gone.
It's not unusual for patients to be allowed out for a day or a weekend. It is usually beneficial for patient and family when in long term care but is not for those who are not stable. It's well known that illness is regarded as a Monday to Friday thing in hospitals and nothing happens at the weekend.

Observations (blood pressure and temperature) are normally taken twice a day unless post op or in exceptional circumstances.
NHS pr machine on overdrive today then.
[quote][p][bold]BeyondImagination[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mousetrap[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]speedyuk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Mousetrap[/bold] wrote: Six hours before they found him missing? I'm not surprised they wanted to take him to another hospital.[/p][/quote]Ffs they regularly took him put they lived in a charity house in the hospital grounds and daily would take him there if you can't keep up with the facts don't comment our general hospital is one of the best be proud of it after all they have this little man a life saving op[/p][/quote]I hold my hands up I never read that anywhere but have now Googled it and found it in a newspaper. However, I still think that a child who is supposed to have round the clock care should be looked at by a nurse or someone on a regular basis. I have also now read that the hospital is looking into the fact that it took so long to realise he had gone.[/p][/quote]It's not unusual for patients to be allowed out for a day or a weekend. It is usually beneficial for patient and family when in long term care but is not for those who are not stable. It's well known that illness is regarded as a Monday to Friday thing in hospitals and nothing happens at the weekend. Observations (blood pressure and temperature) are normally taken twice a day unless post op or in exceptional circumstances.[/p][/quote]NHS pr machine on overdrive today then. tomThomp
  • Score: 0

10:35am Mon 1 Sep 14

tomThomp says...

Heinz Kiosk wrote:
Parent27 wrote:
Hunting parents who are trying to do the best for their child? Shame on the NHS and police force when we ignore real abuse and neglect. My best wishes to you and your parents Ashya, get well soon knowing just how much your parents love you.
Doing the best=driving him down Europe for 30 hours in a motor car? Jolly good job they didn't want to mistreat him.
NHS PR machine on overdrive today then.
[quote][p][bold]Heinz Kiosk[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Parent27[/bold] wrote: Hunting parents who are trying to do the best for their child? Shame on the NHS and police force when we ignore real abuse and neglect. My best wishes to you and your parents Ashya, get well soon knowing just how much your parents love you.[/p][/quote]Doing the best=driving him down Europe for 30 hours in a motor car? Jolly good job they didn't want to mistreat him.[/p][/quote]NHS PR machine on overdrive today then. tomThomp
  • Score: 0

10:36am Mon 1 Sep 14

tomThomp says...

What do you do when your professional incompetence are about to be exposed by a mere Joe the public? Call in the big guns. Shame on the NHS on this.
What do you do when your professional incompetence are about to be exposed by a mere Joe the public? Call in the big guns. Shame on the NHS on this. tomThomp
  • Score: 0

11:44am Mon 1 Sep 14

Heinz Kiosk says...

tomThomp wrote:
What do you do when your professional incompetence are about to be exposed by a mere Joe the public? Call in the big guns. Shame on the NHS on this.
I'm nothing to do with the NHS. If I disagreed with the view of a clinician I'd seek support from a superior clinician but probably not from the internet. You'd presumably give the patient a long car journey? Takes all sorts....
[quote][p][bold]tomThomp[/bold] wrote: What do you do when your professional incompetence are about to be exposed by a mere Joe the public? Call in the big guns. Shame on the NHS on this.[/p][/quote]I'm nothing to do with the NHS. If I disagreed with the view of a clinician I'd seek support from a superior clinician but probably not from the internet. You'd presumably give the patient a long car journey? Takes all sorts.... Heinz Kiosk
  • Score: 0
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