Ashya King’s grandmother pleads: ‘Bring my grandson back’

PLEA Missing Ashya King's grandmother Patricia King Picture: Solent News & Photo Agency
PLEA Missing Ashya King's grandmother Patricia King Picture: Solent News & Photo Agency

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THE devastated grandmother of missing five-year-old Ashya King today urged his parents to bring him back.

Ashya, who has a brain tumour, was taken from Southampton General Hospital and is believed to be in France with his parents and six siblings.

Interpol has now issued a yellow notice to all 190 member countries. The National Central Bureau in Manchester requested the notice.

Police have said Ashya is in a wheelchair and tube-fed using a battery-operated system - and that battery will run out today.

Parents Brett King, 51, and Naghemeh King, 45, from Southsea, took him out of the ward yesterday but did not return.

Mr King’s mum Patricia, from Portsmouth, said: ‘All I would say to Brett is please, bring him back.

‘Everyone is looking for him but I don’t really know the situation – the police are yet to tell me anything.

‘We have all been in a terrible state over Ashya’s health – it’s been a dreadful time for us all over the last month.

‘But I suppose it’s up to my son where he takes him - I’m just Ashya’s grandmother.

‘He’s recently got a lot better – he’s moving his arms and legs and is beginning to smile and notice the people around him.

‘We were all getting more hopeful lately but when the news first broke it was devastating.

‘Ashya’s been in hospital a month after the doctors told him he had arthritis but it turned out to be a dreadful tumour.

‘I thought they were at the hospital - I had no idea they had gone anywhere until this afternoon.

‘When I heard I thought the people were going to tell me worse news - that he had died already or something.

‘I haven’t been in contact with Brett and I don’t know anything about them running off to France.

‘I’ve no idea why they’ve gone there.

‘They certainly wouldn’t take him away on holiday in his current condition and I doubt Brett would try to get in contact with me now.’

Ms King said her son and his wife are both Jehovah’s Witnesses.

However there is no indication that the couple’s actions are motivated by any religious belief.

It is believed the family boarded a cross-Channel ferry from Portsmouth at 4pm yesterday, arriving in Cherbourg at 8pm.

Ashya, who has recently had surgery, cannot talk, is immobile and likely to be in a wheelchair or buggy.

Police have released images of parents Brett and Naghemeh King along with a CCTV image of Asyha being wheeled out of Southampton General Hospital by his dad.

Ms King added: ‘Brett is a wonderful caring father and his kids love him. Ashya is the second youngest of them all.

‘As for Naghemeh - she’s been by Ashya’s side the whole time, sleeping by him as she doesn’t work and cares for the children.’

The family, from Southsea, were travelling in a grey coloured Hyundai I800 Style CRDI people carrier with the registration KP60 HWK.

Anyone with information should contact Hampshire Constabulary as soon as possible on 101 quoting Operation Aquilion or 112 from France.