29/08/2014

Major Police Hunt Launched After Boy Taken From Hospital

A major police hunt has begun after a five-year-old boy with a brain tumour, was taken by his family without consent from Southampton General Hospital.

Police said that Ashya King was taken from the hospital by Brett King, 51, and Naghemeh King, 45, on Thursday. It is thought he may have been taken to France.

It is believed the family boarded a cross-Channel ferry from Portsmouth to Cherbourg at about 16:00.

Ashya King's medical condition is described as "serious" and he needs constant medical care.

It is understood that Ashya recently had surgery. He is immobile and cannot communicate verbally. He is likely to be in a wheelchair or buggy.

Police said they believe the family are travelling in a grey coloured Hyundai I800 Style CRDI, with a registration of KP60 HWK.

Anyone with any information is urged to contact police.

(MH/JP)

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