Ashya King: Spanish police search for missing boy with brain tumour
The search for a five-year-old boy with a brain tumour, missing since being taken out of hospital by his parents against medical advice, is focusing on his family’s apartment in Spain.
Police cars have been seen outside a property in Marbella as efforts continue to locate Ashya King.
Ashya and his family were last seen on a ferry to France after being taken from Southampton General Hospital.
Hampshire Police described the need to find him as “desperate”.
It is feared the battery on the feeding system he uses has run out.
Hampshire Police earlier said Ashya’s family had “strong links to the Marbella area” and believe they may be travelling there
Hampshire Assistant Chief Constable Chris Shead said: “It is really important that we find him and ensure he receives medical attention at the earliest opportunity.”
He also cautioned it was possible the family could be somewhere other than Spain and asked people across the continent to remain vigilant.
Mr Shead said it was unclear whether Ashya’s parents had spare batteries, or knew how to recharge them.
“Without properly administered food Ashya’s situation is very serious,” he said.
A spokesman for Spain’s national police said: “We have received an alert about the family and are actively trying to locate them.” BBCNEWS
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