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An unprecedented appeal has been launched in Luton trying to stop youngsters travelling to Syria to fight in the conflict there.
Bedfordshire Police, Luton Borough Council and community leaders have all joined forces after a number of British men were killed in the fighting.
The appeal is particularly calling on muslim women who are worried about relatives going to Syria to come forward.
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The Association of Police Chiefs has released a document giving information and advice on travel to Syria. This comes on the day a national campaign is launched to stop would-be British terrorists visiting Syria.
The MET police document outlined terrorism risks, what could happen to you if you visited Syria, what the UK government is doing to help Syrians and how you help the Syrian people.
Some of the points outlined in the document are as follows:
- Families may face ransom demands.
- Assad uses the presence of UK nationals in Syria to support claims that his regime is fighting foreign terrorists.
- If you travel for humanitarian reasons, you are very likely to come into contact with terrorist groups and you may get drawn into their activities.
Senior National Coordinator for Counter Terrorism Policing Helen Ball will be hosting a live webchat on the MET website at 2pm.