Medics believe missing Southsea boy Ashya King’s battery-powered feeding tube may have run out

A picture of Ashya King with his brother Naveed
A picture of Ashya King with his brother Naveed
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A BATTERY pack providing a vital food source for missing Ashya King may have run out of power.

Hampshire Constabulary continue to appeal for information as there is an increasing concern the Southsea five-year-old’s battery-powered feeding tube has run out.

Assistant Chief Constable Chris Shead said:‘Ashya is still missing, and with each hour that passes our concern for him grows.

‘Within the last hour, we have been told by medical experts that the battery life on the machine that administers his food is now likely to have expired.

‘We don’t know whether the King family have any spares, the knowledge, or any way of recharging the battery.

‘If they don’t, without properly administered food, Ashya’s condition will deteriorate very quickly.

‘Our message remains the same – please help us find him. Please visit the Hampshire police website or Hampshire Constabulary Facebook page and share the appeal and the photos of Ashya, his mum and dad Brett and Naghmeh, and the car that they were travelling in when they left for Cherbourg.’

Police say they have had a good response from people calling in, including one reported sighting of the family on a ferry to France.

Assistant Chief Constable Shead added: ‘We have had a good response to widespread media coverage, with people who know the King family calling in.

‘So far, we have had one reported sighting of the family, which was on the ferry to France yesterday.

‘There have been widespread media alerts across Europe, focussing on countries where the Kings had a known association; and in particular, we continue to work closely with French authorities.

‘The last positive information we had placed them in France, but by now, we cannot be certain they have not moved on.

‘Our enquiries are totally focussed on establishing where they are now.

‘There is still time to find Ashya and make sure he gets the medical help he urgently needs, but we need the public’s help to do this.’

Ashya went missing yesterday after his parents Brett and Naghmeh took him from Southampton General Hospital, where he was being treated for a brain tumour.

As reported Ashya’s grandmother Patricia King today made an emotional plea outside her Portsmouth home, for son Brett to being her grandson back.

Police have also revealed the French authorities were formally notified about the missing family at 1.30am today.

The family is travelling in a grey Hyundai I80 people carrier with the registration KP60 HWK.

01962 841534 or dial the European emergency number on 112 as soon as possible.’