Police: Nine Brits held at Syria border are from Rochdale

Turkey/Syria border
The group of nine Britons were arrested by Turkish authorities at the border with Syria. Credit: ITV News

Nine people arrested by Turkish authorities allegedly trying to enter Syria are from Rochdale, according to Greater Manchester Police (GMP) and the North West Counter Terrorism unit.

The five adults, aged 21, 22, 22, 24 and 47 and four children, aged one, three, eight and 11 are also believed to be related.

GMP said they were stopped at the Turkey/Syria border and are expected to be returned to the UK “in due course”.

It added: “Officers have commenced an investigation to establish their reason for travel and apparent attempted entry into Syria.

At this time officers have uncovered no evidence whatsoever of any imminent threat to the communities of Rochdale or indeed the UK.”

What is obviously concerning is why a family were seemingly attempting to take very young and vulnerable children into a warzone; such a volatile and dangerous environment is no place for them whatsoever…

One of our primary concerns is the safety and welfare of the young children and we are working with partners to ensure a full safeguarding strategy is in place upon their return to the UK.

I would also like to take the opportunity to remind everyone of their responsibility to help us in our fight against extremism and prevent anyone thinking of travelling to Syria or other warzones from going.

– ASSISTANT CHIEF CONSTABLE IAN WIGGETT
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