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Teacher 'appalled by brutality of Islamic State'

A teacher who was determined to fight in Syria despite desperate pleas from his family is "appalled" at the brutality shown by Islamic State, a judge has been told.

Jamshed Javeed is facing jail after admitting terror charges. Credit: ITV News/Priscilla Coleman

Jamshed Javeed - who is facing jail after admitting two counts of engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts - said he wanted to go and support the Syrian people in late 2013 and did not then know the truth about Islamic State.

Describing his client as a "thoughtful, studious and mild-mannered" teacher, Charles Bott QC said Javeed was "deeply moved" by images of "extreme suffering" of Syrian people at the hands of the Assad regime.

"The defendant's position is that he did something that he considered right at the time in very particular circumstances that he would not contemplate doing now," he told a sentencing hearing at Woolwich Crown Court.

He said Javeed was "appalled at the indiscriminate brutality" of IS, describing a series of videos showing the murders of Western hostages as "grotesque and barbaric".

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CPS: There is 'sufficient evidence' to charge Matthews

The Crown Prosecution Service has confirmed it has authorised Avon and Somerset Police to charge Nathan Matthews with the murder of 16-year-old Becky Watts.

Nathan Matthews and Shauna Hoare, also known as Shauna Phillips, in fancy dress. Credit: Facebook

Having carried out a detailed review of the evidence gathered by Avon and Somerset Police, my conclusion is that there is sufficient evidence to charge Nathan Matthews with the murder of Becky Watts.

I have also concluded that there is sufficient evidence to charge Shauna Hoare with attempting to pervert the course of justice.

I have therefore today authorised Avon and Somerset police to charge them with these offences and they will appear before Bristol Magistrates' Court tomorrow morning.

Proceedings are now ongoing and the defendants have the right to a fair trial. It is very important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings.

– Rachael Scott, head of the CPS South West Complex Casework Unit

Nathan Matthews charged with murder of Becky Watts

Nathan Matthews has been charged with the murder of his 16-year-old stepsister Becky Watts, Avon and Somerset Police said.

Shauna Hoare, who is also known as Shauna Phillips, has been charged with intending to pervert the course of justice.

The 28-year-old Matthews and 21-year-old Hoare, both of Cotton Mill Lane in Bristol, remain in custody and are due before Bristol Magistrates’ Court tomorrow at 10am.

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Flowers left across Bristol for murdered Becky Watts

Floral tributes to Becky Watts have emerged in several locations across Bristol amid a public outpouring of grief at the 16-year-old's murder.

Bouquets, teddies and cards have been left at the family home she vanished from on February 19, and at the site where body parts were found.

Flowers have been laid by the public near a property in Barton Court, Bristol. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
The disappearance of Becky led to a social media campaign that reached more than four million people worldwide. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Forensic officers continue to work inside a house on Cotton Mill Lane, as seven people remain in custody in connection with the investigation. Credit: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
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