Missing 5-year-old boy with tumour may be in Spain
A five-year-old boy with a brain tumour who was taken from hospital by his parents against doctors' advice may be in Spain, police have said.
Ashya King's family took him from Southampton General Hospital at around 2pm on Thursday and travelled on a ferry to France some two hours later.
Police were told by the hospital that the youngster was missing at 8.35pm that day - more than six hours after he was taken by his parents, Jehovah's Witnesses Brett King, 51, and Naghemeh King, 45.
Hampshire Constabulary today said they had "positive information" to suggest that Ashya's family may now be in Spain where they have "strong links" to the Marbella area.
Assistant Chief Constable Chris Shead said: "The need to find Ashya is now desperate. It is really important that we find him and ensure he receives medical attention at the earliest opportunity.
"We still don't know whether the King family have any spare batteries for the machine which administers food, the knowledge, or any way of recharging the battery.
"Without properly administered food Ashya's situation is very serious.
"We still urge everyone to please help us find him."