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Missing Seriously Ill 5-Year-Old Ashya King Found Alive In Spain

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Missing five-year-old Ashya King, who was taken by his parents from Southampton General Hospital without doctors' consent, has been found in Spain, Hampshire Constabulary said.

Ashya has been found alive according to reports, following an international hunt for the boy, who was removed from hospital in Southampton by his parents against medical advice.

Earlier on Saturday police confirmed a European arrest warrant had been issued for his parents, who removed the five-year-old from Southampton General Hospital on Thursday afternoon.

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Ashya has a brain tumour and relies on life-saving feeding equipment whose batteries could have run out since he was taken from the hospital on Friday, leading to serious concerns for his safety.

Police have been hunting for Ashya's parents Brett King, 51, and Naghemeh King, 45, who were seen boarding a ferry to France and have an apartment in Spain.

Speaking outside Hampshire Constabulary's headquarters, today assistant chief constable Chris Shead said: "I can confirm we have obtained a European arrest warrant. What that will do is, when we find Ashya and his family, it will allow us to talk to his parents about what happened."

Shead said the arrest warrant was based around "neglect". It is not yet clear if Ashya's parents have been arrested.