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Thursday 16 August 2018

The parents of a of a five-year-old boy with brain cancer who was taken from hospital in England without doctors' consent were arrested in Spain after a member of the public recognised them from a Twitter appeal, police have said.

The parents of a of a five-year-old boy with brain cancer who was taken from hospital in England without doctors' consent were arrested in Spain after a member of the public recognised them from a Twitter appeal, police have said.

An international search was launched after Ashya's parents took him from hospital on Thursday afternoon and travelled on a ferry to France with the boy and his six siblings before heading south to Spain.

Brett (51) and Naghemeh (45) King were arrested yesterday at 10pm local time after Spanish police stopped the family's vehicle.

A spokesman for Spanish National Police said: "The boy's parents are currently under arrest and are being questioned at a police station after officers acted on a European arrest warrant last night.

"The boy is in a hospital receiving the necessary care."

British police are due to arrive in Spain today to continue their investigation and question Ashya's parents.

They had requested a European arrest warrant for the couple on suspicion of neglect for taking the boy out of Southampton General Hospital.

Police had warned that the family might not be able to work the machine used to feed Ashya and that it would run out of battery power.

Earlier, in a YouTube video blog, Mr King, a Jehovah's Witness, explained that the family had decided to take him out of hospital to seek a cancer treatment called proton beam which is not available on the NHS.

"We were most disturbed today to find that Ashya's face is all over the internet and newspapers and we have been labelled as kidnappers putting his life at risk, neglect.''

But Mr King said: "As you can see there's nothing wrong with him, he is very happy actually since we took him out of hospital."

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