Alfie Evans supporters storm Alder Hey hospital and block road after dad accuses doctors of murdering tot

Tom Evans, 21, spoke after European human rights judges rejected a last-ditch appeal to keep his stricken son alive.

Ranks of police struggled to keep a crowd of hundreds at bay as emotional Tom vowed to bring private prosecutions against medics who want to withdraw life-support.

He told well-wishers: “Doctors need to know they are murdering my son. It’s a straight up clean execution.

"I won’t stand back and allow you to do this. I’m putting a private prosecution in.”

Tom also claimed he and Alfie's mum Kate James, 20, were being treated like "dogs" and had to sleep on the floor.

Hundreds of supporters gathered to hear Tom speak outside the hospital and broke into applause and cheered as he went back to spend time with his son.

Some supporters then blocked the road, linking arms and chanting: "Save Alfie Evans" as they marched towards the entrance.

Officers could be seen tussling with a number of protesters who burst through the doors into a public area of the hospital building.

An ambulance was trapped in traffic that backed up as the crowd blockaded the road for a second time singing: "We shall not be moved".

Earlier Tom had posted a new picture of his son attached to medical tubes with the caption: "This is Alfie now having cuddle time how can they do this."

He also posted: "Alfie I am so so sorry."

Alfie, aged 23 months, is in intensive care suffering from a degenerative brain condition.

Specialists say it is kinder to let him die but his parents want to take him for further treatment abroad in a case with echoes of tragic Charlie Gard.

High Court judge Mr Justice Hayden ruled earlier this year doctors could withdraw life-support, and accepted evidence from Alder Hey specialists that flying Alfie to a foreign hospital would be pointless and wrong.

The ruling was backed by Appeal Court judges, and last week the Supreme Court dismissed a bid to stop medics from withdrawing life support.

Today the European Court of Human Rights said an application by Alfie's family was "inadmissible" and it would not intervene.

Last week Tom, 21, met the Pope and revealed air ambulances were ready to whisk the toddler for treatment in Italy.

And he slammed "cruel bureaucracy" after the High Court judge set a date for the tot's life support machine to be switched off.

Tom said last week: "We have asked them (judges) to watch the recent videos of Alfie, and their decision now admits that Alfie 'looks like a normal boy'.

"However, their paperwork still says his brain no longer exists, his life is futile, he may not be allowed to go (to Rome, on the invitation of the Pope), but must be made to die – all in his own best interests. Only the paperwork matters to these people – the real child does not.

"This is not justice. This is a cruel bureaucracy."

Earlier he pleaded "it's about Alfie", saying he had done everything possible to support his son after the latest appeal bid to save him failed.

Tom and partner Kate James have fought against the decision to withdraw the terminally ill tot's life support.

They had taken their battle to the Supreme Court after the Court of Appeal agreed with Alder Hey that Alfie "could not be saved" and that it would be "unkind" and "futile" to continue treatment.

Judges said today there was "no reason for further delay", adding: "The hospital must be free to do what has been determined to be in Alfie's best interests.

"That is the law in this country. No application to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg can or should change that."

They continued: "Alfie looks like a normal baby, but the unanimous opinion of the doctors who have examined him and the scans of his brain is that almost all of his brain has been destroyed.

"No one knows why. But that it has happened and is continuing to happen cannot be denied.

"It means that Alfie cannot breathe, or eat, or drink without sophisticated medical treatment.

"It also means that there is no hope of his ever getting better."

Tom met with the Pope in the Vatican this week and claimed he looked him in the eye and said he was "doing the right thing".

He has accused the hospital in Liverpool of imprisoning his son, but Alder Hey said this has been dismissed by the Supreme Court.

The hospital said in a statement: "Alfie’s parents have done everything in their power to do what they think is best for him even though that is contrary to the views of the doctors.

"That has inevitably prolonged the period over which he has been given treatment that was determined in February not to be in his best interests.

"We understand that this decision is very distressing for Alfie’s family at this very difficult time."

Alfie, born on May 9, 2016, is in a "semi-vegetative state" and has a degenerative neurological condition doctors have not definitively diagnosed.

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