Major Investigation launched: Five year old suffering brain tumour taken from hospital

Police have launched a major investigation after a boy aged five with a brain tumour has been taken from hospital without consent from the hospital by his parents.

Hampshire Constabulary have confirmed there are serious concerns for Ashya King life who needs urgent medical care.

The boys parents Brett King aged 51, and Naghemeh King aged 45 have boarded a cross-Channel ferry from Portsmouth to Cherbourg at 4pm yesterday along with six other siblings.

Ashya was taken from Southampton General Hospital around 2pm yesterday by his family, his family live St David’s Road, Southsea, Portsmouth.

Police say Ashya needs a wheelchair or pushchair as he cannot walk or verbally communicate.

The family are believed to be travelling on a grey Hyundai I800 Style CRDI, registration KP60 HWK.

It is believed they are in France.

Hampshire Constabulary said: “We are working with our counterparts in France to activate their emergency child rescue alert procedures to locate the family as soon as possible.

“If we do not locate Ashya today there are serious concerns for his life. He is receiving constant medical care within the UK due to recent surgery and ongoing medical issues.

“Without this specialist 24-hour care Ashya is at risk of additional health complications which place him at substantial risk.”