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Fears missing Luton family of 12 'may have fled to Syria'

The family. Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Bedfordshire Police have confirmed they're investigating the disappearance of a missing family of 12 from Luton, who they fear may have fled to Syria.

The family, including a baby and two grandparents, have not been seen since May after visiting their home country of Bangladesh and are thought to have stopped in Turkey on their way home.

They were were reported missing by a relative in Luton on 17 May.

The family in full

  • Muhammed Abdul Mannan, 75
  • Minera Khatun, 53
  • Rajia Khanom, 21
  • Mohammed Zayd Hussain, 25
  • Mohammed Toufique Hussain, 19
  • Mohammed Abil Kashem Saker, 31
  • Sheida Khanam, 27
  • Mohammed Saleh Hussain, 26
  • Roshanara Begum, 24
  • Three children, aged between one and 11

Officers say there's a suggestion they may have travelled to Syria, although they can't yet be certain.

“We are devastated by the disappearance of these 12 and are very concerned for their safety.

This is completely out of character and we are very worried of the danger they may now be in.

Muhammed Abdul Mannan is elderly and both he and Minera Khatun have health issues.

This just does not make any sense. We can only think they have been tricked into going there, it is no place for elderly or young people.

We would urge any of them to please make contact with us or the police to let us know they are ok.”

– Family statement

Pictures of the family (three of the four sons)

31-year-old Mohammed Saker. Credit: Bedfordshire Police
19-year-old Mohammed Hussain. Credit: Bedfordshire Police
Mohammed Zayd Hussain, 25. Credit: Bedfordshire Police


Police appeal after stabbing

Police are appealing for information after a stabbing in Luton last Thursday (2 April).

A man was sitting on a bench in a park area at the junction of St Peter’s Road and Dallow Road between 9pm and 10pm when he was approached by a group of men and stabbed several times, causing back injuries.

The men then left the scene in the direction of Ashburnham Road.

“This was an unprovoked attack which could have been a lot worse. I’m urging anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact us immediately to help identify those responsible.”

– Detective Constable Nick Foster

Two men assaulted in Luton

Police are appealing for witnesses after two assaults in Luton last Friday.

The first attack took place in Arundel Road, close to the junction with Dunstable Road, at approximately 10pm. Three men approached a man and assaulted him using a baseball bat, causing serious facial injuries.

Approximately five minutes later, another man in Arundel Road, near to its junction with Wingate Road, was assaulted by three men.

In each incident the men are described as Asian, in their late teens to early 20s, and were seen to use a small black car.

Police keen to trace missing teenagers

Bedfordshire Police is appealing for help to trace two teenagers who have not been seen since Thursday 5 March.

Zin Elziat Credit: Bedfordshire Police
Marwan El’Abden Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Marwan El’Abden and Zin Elziat, both 17, were last seen heading into Bedford town centre.

Marwan and Zin do not speak any English. They are both described as 5ft 5ins tall, of medium build, with short black hair and brown eyes.

They were both wearing beanie hats, casual jackets and jeans.

Anyone with information relating to their whereabouts should call Bedfordshire Police on 101, or text information to 07786 200011, quoting BP-05032015-0146.


Two stabbed during fight

Bedfordshire Police are appealing for information after two men were stabbed in Kempston last night.

At approximately 7.20pm police received a call reporting a large number of men who appeared to be fighting on Hartwell Drive.

During the incident two of the men were stabbed with a knife and the other men then left Hartwell Drive in different directions.

The ambulance service was called and the two men were taken to hospital with serious injuries.

Police keen to find 'good samaritan'

Police are trying to trace a 'good samaritan' who helped a woman after she was mugged in Luton.

Location of mugging in Luton Credit: ITV News, Anglia

The victim had been pushed to the floor and robbed of her mobile phone while walking along a subway under Telford Way at about 8am on Sunday 15 February.

“We are keen to speak to the man who helped the victim after the robbery as we believe he may have seen the offender. I would urge him to come forward to help us identify the man responsible."

– Detective Constable Cathie Layton

Anyone with any information should call DC Layton on 101, text 07786 200 011 or call Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

Man charged with murder

John-Mark Duffy Credit: Bedfordshire Police

A man has been charged with the murder of a man in Bedford. 39 year old John-Mark Duffy died from a stab wound to the chest at Byron Crescent on Monday afternoon. Forty seven year old Ian Brunner, who lives at Byron Crescent. has been charged with his murder. Police are still searching for the weapon

Nine arrested in connection with human trafficking, sexual exploitation and prostitution

Bedfordshire Police raided four premises in Luton at around 7am this morning in connection with prostitution, sexual exploitation and human trafficking.

Nine people were arrested in relation to human trafficking and prostitution offences and six women victims and one child have been identified and taken to safety.

The process of closing down three locations in relation to brothel activity is currently underway.

Bedfordshire Police executed early morning raids at four premises in Luton Credit: PA Images

Today’s enforcement operation is the result of a long running investigation into organised criminal gangs bringing young women into the country for sexual exploitation and prostitution.

The operation is about alleviating the suffering of the victims and tackling the human cost this type of criminality creates as well as bringing offenders to justice.

– Detective Inspector Rob Regan

Following the police operation The Salvation Army worked with the victims and provided practical and emotional support as needed at a reception centre.

The Salvation Army is working with Bedfordshire Police to rescue and support potential victims of trafficking. It is vital that victims of trafficking receive immediate access to specialised support.

Our team has been working to assess the needs of the victims and ensure that they have access to accommodation and support at safe houses if needed.

The Salvation Army operates a Government contract to provide vital help and support to adult victims of this pitiless exploitation which gives them the very best chance to try and recover through the comprehensive specialised services we can offer working with our partners.

The safety of victims and support for the Police in successfully prosecuting the perpetrators of this horrific crime are our key priorities. It is therefore not appropriate at this stage to disclose any further details about the victims or the nature of this crime.

– Major Anne Read, The Salvation Army

Anyone with information or concerns about human trafficking or prostitution should call Bedfordshire police, in confidence, at Bedfordshire Police on 101, or text information to 07786 200011.

Alternatively you can contact the independent crime fighting charity, Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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