Fa­ther’s apol­ogy for ver­bal abuse from protesters

Demo: Po­lice probe al­le­ga­tions of in­tim­i­da­tion

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - NEWS - BY BRIAN FARMER

Al­fie Evans’ par­ents have apol­o­gised fol­low­ing re­ports of in­tim­i­da­tion and ver­bal abuse from hospi­tal protesters.

Hun­dreds of sup­port­ers gath­ered out­side Alder Hey Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal in Liver­pool, where the 23-month-old boy is on life sup­port.

Mersey­side Po­lice said they are in­ves­ti­gat­ing re­ports of “in­stances of ver­bal abuse and acts of in­tim­i­da­tion”.

Al­fie’s par­ents, Tom Evans, 21, and Kate James, 20, want to move their son to a hospi­tal in Rome for treat- ment. Mr Evans said in a state­ment on Face­book: “Deep­est apolo­gies from me and Kate James to the par­ents and staff af­fected by the protest/demon­stra­tion. It wasn’t mine, Kate’s or any­one else’s in­ten­tion to harm or cause con­flict or upset. We just wanted to take our son to give him the chance he de­serves.”

Chief In­spec­tor Chris Gib­son said of­fi­cers “recog­nise the sen­si­tiv­i­ties in­volved in this very dif­fi­cult and sad sit­u­a­tion. While many peo­ple have gath­ered to protest in a peace­ful way, Mersey­side Po­lice is now in­ves­ti­gat­ing a small num­ber of re­ports, some of which orig­i­nate from so­cial me­dia, as well as in­stances of ver­bal abuse and acts of in­tim­i­da­tion from those out­side the hospi­tal,” he added.

Supreme Court jus­tices might be asked to con­sider the case for a sec­ond time af­ter Al­fie’s par­ents used a piece of ancient English com­mon law in their le­gal bat­tle. A High Court judge and three Court of Appeal judges have dis­missed their claim.

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