Alfie’s army try to storm hospital after European Court rejects parents’ plea
An angry mob tried to charge inside the children’s hospital treating terminally ill Liverpool toddler Alfie Evans.
Dozens of people protesting against the decision to withdraw life-support for the 23-month-old had earlier blocked a road outside the hospital before they made a dash for the main entrance after a final legal appeal to continue treatment was lost.
They had broken away from a larger group of 200 protesters gathered outside Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool.
But as they ran towards the main doors a squad of police officers scrambled to block their way, forming a line to repel the intruders.
After a tense stand off the crowd re-joined other protesters further away on the road outside the hospital.
The protests come as European human rights judges rejected a plea from Alfie’s parents to continue life support.
Tom Evans and Kate James, who are both in their early 20s and from Liverpool, on Friday failed to persuade Supreme Court justices to consider their case.
They had asked judges at the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg, France, to intervene.
But judges at the ECHR have refused to intervene.
Supporters of Alfie Evans’ family began gathering outside the hospital around 10am today, their numbers swelling as the morning went on.
Around midday they briefly blocked the dual carriageway outside the hospital, an ambulance becoming trapped as traffic quickly backed up.
Protesters, linking arms and chanting, “Save Alfie Evans” allowed the ambulance to pass before abandoning the protest in the road.
Alfie’s father Tom, has been broadcasting intermittently on Facebook Live from inside, where several groups of police officers have been patrolling the corridors.
Other video posted from inside showed police officers blocking the doors of a ward or treatment room as people tried to get inside.
Mr Evans briefly spoke to supporters outside the hospital, railing against the treatment of his son.
Alfie’s parents had already lost one round of fights, in the High Court, Court of Appeal, Supreme Court and ECHR.
Picture: Police block protesters from the entrance to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool after the European Court of Human Rights rejected an appeal against the decision to end life-support for Alfie Evans. (Peter Byrne/PA).Tags: Alder Hey, Alfie, Alfie Evans, European Court