Petition demanding Ashya King is reunited with his parents to go to 10 Downing Street today

Sanjay Ganatra who is due to head to Downing Street today

Sanjay Ganatra who is due to head to Downing Street today

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THE NUMBER of signatures on a petition calling for Ashya King’s parents to be reunited with the seriously ill boy has sky-rocketed overnight.

As campaigners head up to London this morning asking the Prime Minister to assert pressure on Hampshire police to get the extradition order stopped they are taking with them the names of nearly 100,000 people who have agreed with them.

Family friend Ethan Dallas is joined by his uncle Andy and a friend Sanjay Ganatra from Sholing as they make their way to Downing Street.

Sanjay said: “We received just under 100,000 signatures until last night. We’re dead chuffed.”

It is due to be presented to Prime Minister David Cameron today.

Daily Echo:

It comes as Hampshire couple Brett and Naghmeh remain in custody as the controversy over their son’s treatment for a brain tumour rages on.

They have been detained for up to 72 hours after refusing extradition to the UK yesterday.

The couple took to the dock in the Spanish capital Madrid while, 300 miles away in Malaga, police stood guard outside the hospital room of their gravely ill son Ashya, who is not being allowed any contact with his family.

His six brothers and sisters, who are still in Spain, have hit out at authorities for not allowing them to see their brother, while his grandmother, Patricia King, fears the separation might kill little Ashya.

His family are not the only ones angered by this separation, with thousands signing a petition that will be delivered to Number 10 today in the hope that the family can be reunited.

It was set up by a friend of the King family in Hampshire and urges the Prime Minister to put pressure on Hampshire police and the Spanish authorities to stop the five-year-old’s parents being extradited back to the UK.

Teenager Ethan Dallas is a friend of Ashya’s older brother Naveed and started collecting the signatures which have come as far as Australia, America and Europe.

Helping Ethan to spread the word is grandfather Sanjay Ganatra, from Sholing, Southampton, who is due to head to Downing Street today to deliver the petition Sanjay, of Middle Road, said: “The petition has got nothing to do with the politics, it is not criticising the police or the hospital, it is simply asking for the family to be reunited.

‘Heartache’ “As a parent I know what heartache they will be going through. If I was separated from a child of mine who needed desperate treatment in a foreign country I would be destitute.

“Ashya shouldn’t be separated from his parents.

“The petition is asking for Mr Cameron to assert some pressure on the Spanish authorities and even our own police to stop the extradition order, to allow the parents to be with their child.

“We don’t know the full facts as to what’s happened. We’re not going to get involved with that.

“Please just let the parents take care of him.”

You can sign the petition at change.org/p/police-reunite-ashya-with-his-parents.

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11:39am Tue 2 Sep 14

Heinz Kiosk says...

Cameron opted back into the European Arrest Warrant, so he knew stuff like this was bound to happen. Talk to the hand ('cause the face ain't listening)
We have to leave the EU for it to stop. Cameron's committed to a referendum. He'll try to fudge it like Wilson in '75, but we know that trick. THE LABOUR PARTY DOES NOT BELIEVE YOU SHOULD HAVE A SAY. THINK CAREFULLY ABOUT THAT IN 8 MONTHS TIME.
Cameron opted back into the European Arrest Warrant, so he knew stuff like this was bound to happen. Talk to the hand ('cause the face ain't listening) We have to leave the EU for it to stop. Cameron's committed to a referendum. He'll try to fudge it like Wilson in '75, but we know that trick. THE LABOUR PARTY DOES NOT BELIEVE YOU SHOULD HAVE A SAY. THINK CAREFULLY ABOUT THAT IN 8 MONTHS TIME. Heinz Kiosk
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2:03pm Tue 2 Sep 14

AlanJ2010 says...

How do you sign this petition? If anybody knows please tell me on alanj2010@talktalk.n
et
I'm truly disgusted at a legal system that makes, even allows, this sort of monstrous thing to happen. I'm 73 years old and when I was growing up I was indoctrinated into believing that this was a country of goodies, whilst Stalin's Russia, and the like, were comdemned as bullying States and for their inhumanity. Now, it's this country that has the Bullying State having too many people with more authority than common sense foisting their stupidity on the rest of us. Alan Jones
How do you sign this petition? If anybody knows please tell me on alanj2010@talktalk.n et I'm truly disgusted at a legal system that makes, even allows, this sort of monstrous thing to happen. I'm 73 years old and when I was growing up I was indoctrinated into believing that this was a country of goodies, whilst Stalin's Russia, and the like, were comdemned as bullying States and for their inhumanity. Now, it's this country that has the Bullying State having too many people with more authority than common sense foisting their stupidity on the rest of us. Alan Jones AlanJ2010
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