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Brain tumour boy found in Spain: British police

Published on Aug 31, 2014 5:23 AM
An undated handout picture released by Britain's Hampshire Police on August 29, 2014 shows a portrait of five-year-old Ashya King. The boy, who suffers from a brain tumour, has been found with his parents in Spain, police said on Saturday. -- PHOTO: AFP 

MADRID (AFP) - Ashya King, the five-year-old British boy with a brain tumour who was taken from hospital without medical consent, has been found in Spain with his parents, who have been arrested, the Spanish police said on Saturday.

“Ashya King was found in a hotel 3km from de Velez Malaga (southern Spain) and was admitted to a hospital,” the National Police force wrote on its Twitter page. “His parents have been arrested.”

The British police also confirmed the missing family had been found. “Ashya has been found,” said an update on the website of the Hampshire Constabulary. “He is in Spain with his mum and dad.”

According to the statement, the police were speaking with Ashya’s parents and the boy’s condition was being assessed. “This is all we know at this time – but, he has been found,” it added. “Thank you to everyone who has been incredible in helping us spread this appeal.”

The police earlier issued a European arrest warrant for Brett King, 51, and Naghemeh King, 45, after they drove their son away from a hospital in Southampton in southern England on Thursday.

Interpol launched a missing persons alert following a request from the British police, who led the search.

“There are no winners in this situation. I’ve said all along that this must be a terribly distressing time for Ashya’s family and I stand by that now,” said Mr Chris Shead from Britain’s Hampshire police.

He added that Ashya’s six brothers and sisters were also found safe in Spain.

He said the warrant was based around “neglect” but added: “That does not necessarily mean they would be charged with that offence.

“It purely gives us the power to arrest and then we’ll be able to speak to them.”

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