Time running out for tumour boy snatched by his parents
A five-year-old boy with a brain tumour who was taken from hospital by his parents without consent is "running out of time" as the battery on his feeding system was set to run out.
Ashya King's family took him from Southampton General Hospital in England on Thursday and travelled on a ferry to France hours later.
Hampshire Constabulary said they 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).
Assistant Chief Constable Chris Shead said: "Ashya is in a wheelchair and is fed through a tube. The feeding system is battery-operated. Time is running out for this little boy."
Ashya had undergone "extensive surgery" and his last operation was seven days ago, he added.
Ashya was allowed to leave the ward under his parents' supervision, and hospital staff raised the alarm when the length of his absence "became a cause of concern".