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British and French police were racing against the clock on Friday to find a five-year-boy with a brain tumour who officials in France believe was "kidnapped" from hospital by his family. Ashya King's parents took him from a hospital in Southampton, southern England, on Thursday without doctors' consent and boarded a ferry to the French port of Cherbourg the same day, a British police spokesman said. Eric Bouillard, a prosecutor in Cherbourg, told AFP: "We believe he was kidnapped given the circumstances of his departure from hospital as relayed to us by the British." Ashya's brother Naveed King on his profile on the photo blogging platform Instagram describes himself as a Jehovah's Witness.