Ashya King's parents may face extradition hearing in Madrid - Mon, 01 Sep 2014
In a YouTube video posted before his arrest, Ashya's father defended his actions and said the police hunt was 'ridiculous'
The parents of a five-year-old boy with a brain tumour, who fled to Spain with him, are due to appear in court on Monday as police rejected criticism they had been heavy-handed in the complex and sensitive case. Ashya King was found in MŠlaga and his parents were arrested following a Europe-wide hunt after claims that his life was in grave danger if he did not receive urgent medical treatment.
Brett King, 51, and his wife, Naghemeh, 45, may face an extradition hearing at the central criminal court in Madrid after being detained under a European arrest warrant on suspicion of neglect for taking their son out of Southampton general hospital without doctors' consent. Continue reading...
NHS patients have cataract operations reviewed after private treatment - Mon, 01 Sep 2014
Incident in Devon in which patients suffered complications will intensify political debate over outsourcing of NHS services
Nineteen NHS patients have had the outcome of their cataract surgery reviewed after at least two had problems with their eyes following operations at a private hospital.
The private provider concerned has offered its "sincere apologies to all patients that suffered complications" from their operations an incident that will intensify the political debate over outsourcing NHS services. Continue reading...
Child abuse campaigner: Rotherham scandal is part of a 'vastly wider issue' - Sun, 31 Aug 2014
Hilary Willmer worked with families in Rotherham in the late 1990s and blames the police and council for not acting
Child abuse is far more widespread than has previously been acknowledged, with "huge numbers" of victims, a child protection campaigner who tried to draw attention to the Rotherham scandal more than 10 years ago has warned.
Hilary Willmer, the chair of trustees at the charity Parents Against Child Sexual Exploitation (Pace), was speaking out following the report into the Rotherham abuse scandal, which found more than 1,400 youngsters were abused over 16 years. Continue reading...
Ashya King case: parents face dilemma over treatment of childhood cancers - Sun, 31 Aug 2014
Families of children with cancer live with anguish of allowing life-saving treatment that could also damage youngsters
Karen Capel cannot forget the conversation she and her husband Kevin had with a radiotherapist before their son, Christopher, had treatment for his brain tumour, although she wishes she could. Like Ashya King, Christopher had medulloblastoma. The radiotherapist was explaining to them what the radiation would do to his brain. If their child survived the cancer, he could still be damaged for the rest of his life.
"No parent should have to live with that," she said. "They should never have to listen to that." Continue reading...
Poverty inquiry finds growing inequality in schools - Sun, 31 Aug 2014
Gulf between children from low- and high-income families is starker than ever, leading to social isolation and bullying
Parents are increasingly struggling to pay for their children's school uniform, lunches and study equipment, a report on child poverty will warn this autumn.
The Children's Commission on Poverty, an 18-month inquiry that is due to report to the government in the coming weeks, has heard that classrooms across the country are witnessing a growing crisis in which the gulf between children from low- and high-income families is starker than ever. Continue reading...
What is proton beam therapy? - Sun, 31 Aug 2014
Ashya King's parents want their son to receive a cancer treatment the NHS says is suitable only for about 1% of cases
Proton beam therapy is a form of radiotherapy designed, like all the others, to kill cancer cells. The difference between this and conventional forms of radiotherapy is that it is thought to cause less damage to the healthy tissue around the tumour and for that reason is particularly suited to children, who are more susceptible to harm from radiation because they are still growing. It is possible for large doses of radiation to cause secondary cancers in the long term.
Conventional radiotherapy uses x-rays to kill cancer cells. Technological advances have made it possible to target a tumour very precisely, so that the healthy cells around it are not irradiated. But x-rays pass through the tumour and out the other side, inevitably damaging tissue in this case part of the child's healthy brain. Continue reading...
Story of a male escort - Sun, 31 Aug 2014
A dead-end job was all Josh could find in the former coal-mining town in Wales where he grew up. So he left behind his friends to become a highly paid male escort in London. Will Storr hears his story
Lets start with two lies: Josh Brandon is 21. I dont know what Joshs real name is, and when his age came up he said, Lets say 21. He has blond choirboy hair, his body is pale and vulnerable and, on his beautiful face, innocence dances with filth across wide eyes and stung, parted lips. With his young appearance, Josh is whats known as a twink. Hes also the most expensive hire on the UKs most popular escort marketplace, sleepyboy.com and is, according to its founder, the most successful in Britain. Sometimes he sees four or five clients a day, and theyre mostly married men but there are also wealthy Arabs, an arms trader and the occasional celebrity. His website notes his waist measurement, cock size and gayness to a precision of one decimal point (97.5%). He has a loyalty card scheme. Nine smiley faces earn you an hour.
Heres a funny story he told me. A few weeks ago a man arrived at Joshs flat with a dog costume in a little bag. He asked Josh to dress in a schoolboy outfit while he attached his elasticated schnozzle and plugged his tail into place. Josh had to watch a porn film, then say Come here, boy! and tickle his stomach. The client rolled over and they had sex. His snout was looking at me the whole time, says Josh. He looked exactly like a dog. It was a two-hour job: £300. Continue reading...
Parents arrested as missing Ashya King found by police in Spain - Sun, 31 Aug 2014
Ashya sent to hospital after father posts video online complaining about NHS treatment for his son's brain tumour
The international hunt for Ashya King, the missing five-year-old boy with a brain tumour, came to a dramatic end on Saturday night when his parents were arrested in Spain and their son was taken from them and sent to a local hospital for urgent medical treatment.
Brett and Naghemeh King, 45, were spotted in their Hyundai people carrier around 10pm by police in Velez Malaga, a town an hour to the east of Marbella. The couple, who were being held under an international arrest warrant on suspicion of neglect, had checked into a hostel about 14 miles away in Benajaraf on the Costa del Sol where they had left their six other children. Continue reading...