Father’s apology for verbal abuse from protesters
Demo: Police probe allegations of intimidation
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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Protesters demonstrate outside Alder Hey Hospital