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29 August 2014

INTERPOL issues global alert for missing British boy

LYON, France – At the request of UK authorities INTERPOL has issued a Yellow Notice, or missing persons alert, for a five-year-old British boy removed from a hospital by his parents.

Ashya King who has a brain tumour, was taken from Southampton General Hospital at around 2pm on Thursday 28 August by his parents, 51-year-old Brett King and 45-year-old Naghemeh King. Ashya, his parents and his six siblings then boarded a ferry from Portsmouth to Cherbourg in France, and are travelling in a grey Hyundai 1800 style CRDI registration KP60 HWK.

There are serious concerns for Ashya’s health, he is immobile and likely to be in a wheelchair or buggy, and cannot communicate verbally.

The Yellow Notice was issued at the request of INTERPOL’s National Central Bureau (NCB) in Manchester and has been circulated to all 190 member countries.

Detective Superintendent Dick Pearson of Hampshire Major Investigation team which is leading the investigation 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.”

The family are believed to be in France and anyone with information on their whereabouts is requested to contact their local police or Hampshire Constabulary in the UK on 0044 1962 841 534.

INTERPOL Yellow Notices are circulated to help locate missing persons, especially minors, or to help identify persons who are not able to identify themselves.

INTERPOL’s 24-hour Command and Coordination Centre at its General Secretariat headquarters in Lyon is treating all incoming information relating to the case as high priority, and will maintain constant communication with NCB Manchester to ensure that any vital identifying information is immediately shared and acted upon.