02/09/2014 17:41 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

Ashya King Found: Police Make 'No Apology' For International Search


The parents of Ashya King, the five-year-old boy with a brain tumour who was taken out of hospital by against medical advice, have been arrested in Spain.

Hampshire police said the sick boy and his parents were pulled over in their family car by Malaga police at 9pm UK time yesterday (30 August 2014) near Marbella.

The police said Ashya, who requires extensive medical care, showed 'no visible signs of distress' and has been taken to hospital for urgent medical treatment.

Ashya's parents, Brett King, 51, and Naghemeh King, 45, are being held under a European arrest warrant on suspicion of neglect. Police have 72 hours to question the parents before handing them over to a judge, who will start extradition procedures.

Assistant Chief Constable Chris Shead of Hampshire Constabulary rejected criticism of the international search for Ashya. He said Hampshire Constabulary makes 'no apology' for the search: "We had medical experts telling us that Ashya was in grave danger.

"Medical experts were saying to us that if he didn't get the care that he needed, there was a potential threat to his life. Faced with those circumstances, I make no apology for the police being as proactive as we possibly can to actually find Ashya and ensure he gets all the help he needed."

The family was found after a member of the public recognised Ashya's parents from a Twitter appeal, police said.

The Kings had removed their son from a hospital in Southampton on Thursday, seven days after Ashya had undergone 'extensive surgery' for a malignant stage four brain tumour, and travelled to Spain with their six other children.

Ashya had last been seen on a ferry travelling from Portsmouth to Cherbourg in France on Thursday afternoon.

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