Operation Aquilion – Major investigation launched to locate missing boy

Hampshire Constabulary has launched a major investigation to locate a five-year-old boy removed from Southampton General Hospital without consent.

Ashya King has a brain tumor and without treatment there are serious concerns for his welfare. He is likely to be in a wheelchair or buggy, he cannot communicate verbally and is immobile

Ashya was removed from the hospital by his parents, 51-year-old Brett King and 45-year-old Naghemeh King, at approximately 2pm on Thursday, August 28.

We have confirmation that Ashya, his parents and six siblings boarded a continental ferry service from Portsmouth to Cherbourg at 4pm on Thursday, August 28. The ship arrived in France at 8pm French time.

The family are travelling in a grey coloured Hyundai I800 Style CRDI, registration KP60 HWK.

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Information suggests that the family are still in France.

We are working with our counterparts in France to activate their emergency child rescue alert procedures to locate the family as soon as possible.

Detective Superintendent Dick Pearson of Hampshire Major Investigation team said: “If we do not locate Ashya today there are serious concerns for his life. He is receiving constant medical care within the UK due to recent surgery and ongoing medical issues.   Without this specialist 24 hour care Ashya is at risk of additional health complications which place him at substantial risk.

“He needs to be taken to a medical facility for his urgent health requirements as soon as he is located.

“We have also launched a social media appeal and would urge everyone to share this appeal, particularly if you have friends and relatives in France and bordering countries.”

Anyone with information which may help us locate Ashya King should contact Hampshire Constabulary as soon as possible on 101 quoting Operation Aquilion.

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