Durham Police join effort to dissuade Muslims from joining Syrian civil war

The Northern Echo: A scene from Syria's civil war A scene from Syria's civil war

NORTH-East police are seeking to stop young Muslims going to fight in Syria.

Durham Police is supporting a national effort which is targeting women who may have loved ones considering joining the civil war.

Deputy Chief Constable Michael Banks said: “We welcome this initiative and are working with our communities to ensure that we get the message out to those people who have relatives or friends who may be thinking of going out to Syria.

“We would also welcome contact from anyone who is concerned or just wants to talk to us about fears they may have regarding their loved ones getting involved.

“This can be done by calling 101 and asking for extension 2234 at Chester-le-Street police station.”

The regional campaign is being led by the North East Counter Terrorism Unit, based in West Yorkshire.

Lead officer, Assistant Chief Constable Ingrid Lee, said: “We are increasingly concerned about the numbers of young people who have or are intending to travel to Syria to join the conflict.

“We want to ensure that people, and in particular women, who are concerned about their loved ones are given enough information about what they can do to prevent this from happening.

“We want to increase their confidence in the police and partners and encourage them to come forward so that we can intervene and help.

“This is not about criminalising people, it is about preventing tragedies. We want to inform those who wish to genuinely help the Syrian cause how they can so safely and legally.”

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1:53pm Thu 24 Apr 14

BMD says...

Surely the authorities should be allowing these already muslim fanatics to join the Syrian Civil war.

Those few whom are not dead and try return should have their British passport revoked and their immediate family given assistance to join their jihadist relative.
Surely the authorities should be allowing these already muslim fanatics to join the Syrian Civil war. Those few whom are not dead and try return should have their British passport revoked and their immediate family given assistance to join their jihadist relative. BMD
  • Score: 14

2:44pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Chippy70 says...

Surely if we tried to stop them from going that would breach their human rights and they could appeal to the EUCHR? No?, ahhh didnt think so.
Surely if we tried to stop them from going that would breach their human rights and they could appeal to the EUCHR? No?, ahhh didnt think so. Chippy70
  • Score: 1

2:56pm Thu 24 Apr 14

punkrocker says...

let em go
let em go punkrocker
  • Score: 6

3:59pm Thu 24 Apr 14

tubgut says...

Agree with punkrocker with a small addition cancel their passports.
Agree with punkrocker with a small addition cancel their passports. tubgut
  • Score: 7

4:48pm Thu 24 Apr 14

settheworldonfire says...

This makes me laugh....Let them go and then the coppers could concentrate on the drug dealers in the Crook and surrounding areas...They could start with the family of drug dealers at Laurel gardens in Crook
This makes me laugh....Let them go and then the coppers could concentrate on the drug dealers in the Crook and surrounding areas...They could start with the family of drug dealers at Laurel gardens in Crook settheworldonfire
  • Score: 9

9:52pm Sat 26 Apr 14

thetruthyoucanthandlethetruth says...

Let them go. In fact, actively encourage them to go, on the understanding that they never come back.
Let them go. In fact, actively encourage them to go, on the understanding that they never come back. thetruthyoucanthandlethetruth
  • Score: 3

6:14pm Sun 27 Apr 14

Chippy70 says...

Awwww,, let them go, no really, let them go.
Awwww,, let them go, no really, let them go. Chippy70
  • Score: 1

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