Parents of Alfie Evans urge Alfie's Army to STOP Alder Hey protests
The parents of Alfie Evans have urged members of Alfieâs Army to stop protesting outside Alder Hey hospital.
Tom Evans, 21, and Kate James, 20, told campaigners to stop demonstrating while they focus on the next legal step and spending precious time with their son.
The plea comes after police received reports members of the 250,000-strong Facebook group, dubbed âAlfieâs Armyâ, were verbally abusing and intimidating nurses.
Dad Tom wrote on Facebook: âCan I ask that after tonight I would really appreciate if everyone has a break from the protesting please?
âMe and Kate are so so so grateful for all your time you have put into it and support we can not thank you enough.
âI will update you on where we go from here and if we get permission then that would be a good reason to demonstrate peacefully.
âMe and Kate need to now focus on s pending precious time with Alfie and focus on the next legal step, keeping the relationship with the staff at ease and peace and make sure no parents are being affected any more.
âThank you all so, so much. Please, please share this so everyone gets the message.â
Over one hundred strong campaigners backing the parents of Alfie Evans have been demonstrating outside the childrenâs hospital for several days.
âAlfieâs Armyâ were calling for doctors to release the terminally ill toddler to a hospital in Italy.
The majority of members appear to have protested responsibly but police say they have received several reports of verbal abuse and acts of intimidation directed towards nurses.
There were no specific details on the reports of abuse or when they were alleged to have occurred.
Police called for protestors to respe ct the safety of staff and patients at the hospital.
Chief Inspector Chris Gibson said: âWhilst 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.
âThis is extremely unhelpful for all concerned and we are investigating further to establish the full circumstances.â
Members of Alfieâs Army have called for campaigners to protest in peace and to avoid disturbing staff at the hospital.
Today, a lawyer representing the parents asked Court of Appeal judges yesterday to rule the 23-month-old should be allowed to receive treatment abroad.
The family want Alfie to be airlifted to a specialist hospital in Rome.
Judges at the Court of Appeal rejected the request after analysing arguments at a hearing in London.
They also expressed âdismayâ and âconcernâ over reports supporters of Alfieâs family had gone in to the paediatric intensive care unit at the hospital.
Giving a statement outside the hospital, a tearful Tom said: âWe want (them) to know they canât break us, weâre never going to back down.
âAlfie, the family and all of our supporters are stronger than ever. Weâre never going to give up on you Alfie.â
Chief Inspector Gibson added: âWe would like to remind the public that this is a hospital for sick children and it should not be forgotten that many families are going through extremely challenging and emotional times.
âWe would ask protestors to respect families and staff, including the poorly children in the wards a nd to ensure that access to the hospital is not restricted at any time, so that services including the blood and ambulance service can run as efficiently as possible.
âWe recognise and seek to facilitate the rights of people to protest in a peaceful way. We are committed to maximising the safety of the public and we will not tolerate criminal behaviour under any circumstances. Anyone who may suffer intimidation or harassment is asked to report this to us or the hospital, so we can take the most appropriate action.âVideo Loading Click to play Tap to play The video will start in 8Cancel Play now
An Alder Hey spokesperson said: âWe hope that staff will be allowed to continue caring for Alfie and all other children at Alder Hey without interference or disturbance.
âW e would like to re-assure patients and families that Alder Hey remains fully operational with A&E open for urgent and emergency care as usual. Patients should attend their appointments scheduled.â
To report an incident to Merseyside Police, you can contact @MerPolCC, 101 or @CrimestoppersUK on0800 555 111 or via their online form at: https://crimestoppers-uk.org/give-information/give-information.Source: Google News