Three men arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences linked to Syria

Arrests: the three men were held in connection with terrorism linked to Syria (Picture: PA)

Three men have been arrested on suspicion of terrorism offences linked to Syria as police issued a renewed warning against travelling to the war-torn country.

Two men from Slough in Berkshire and one from Stoke Poges in Buckinghamshire were held by officers from the South East Counter Terrorism Unit (SECTU).

The 27-year-old from Stoke Poges and a 26-year-old from Slough were both arrested on suspicion of preparation of terrorist acts, while another 26-year-old man was arrested in Slough yesterday on suspicion of financing terrorist acts.

All three men have been bailed by police until dates in August.

Following the arrests, chief inspector Gavin Wong, of Thames Valley Police, said making trips to Syria remained “hugely dangerous”, as he appealed to the community not to get involved in the conflict.

He said: “These arrests demonstrate that positive action is being taken to safeguard members of the community from the dangers of travelling to Syria.

“The police will continue to work with our partners and community in the interests of public safety and I would ask that we all continue to discourage anyone from attempting to travel to Syria or other areas of conflict.”

He continued: “While the motive may be honourable, the reality is that these areas are hugely dangerous, and it can be an opportunity to radicalise vulnerable people.”

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