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Police confirm member of Luton family was stopped at airport the day before 'Syria exit'

The family. Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Police have revealed that they stopped a member of the family of 12 from Luton that are feared to have fled to Syria, just a day before they left the UK.

One of the party was stopped at Heathrow Airport and was the subject of an examination, but wasn't arrested.

As that was going on, a search was simultaneously carried out at the family's home address on Spencer Road in Luton.

Spencer Road in Luton. Credit: ITV News Anglia

However, officers say that didn't find anything that suggested the family were about to travel to Syria so they allowed them to travel the next day without intervening.

The party had initially travelled to Bangladesh from Heathrow via Istanbul on 10 April.

They flew back to Istanbul on 11 May and were due to fly back to Heathrow on 14 May.

However they failed to return and were reported missing by a relative in Luton on 17 May.

Police say they still can't be sure if the family did travel to Syria.

Police step up campaign to target people caught taking photos of crashes on their mobiles

PC James Thorn from Cambridgeshire Police. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Police are warning that they are cracking down on the growing trend for people to slow down near road accidents to film them on their phone.

It's part of a month long campaign in Cambridgeshire, Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire targeting people who use their phone behind the wheel.

Many drivers were prosecuted for taking photos of a crash on the A14 in May. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"As we know, mobile phones these days aren't just telephones - you can answer e-mails , social media, you can surf the internet.

The danger with mobile phones is that it distracts you from the task of driving."

– PC James Thorn, Cambridgeshire Police


Six Bedfordshire Police officers to be investigated over death of man in custody

Istiak Yusuf. Credit: Family photo

Six Bedfordshire Police officers are being investigated over the death of a man in custody last month.

25-year-old Istiak Yusuf died at Luton Police Station after "falling ill".

The Independent Police Complaints Commission has launched an inquiry into the adequacy of the searches carried out.

"Since Mr Yusuf's death we have met with Mr Yusuf's wife and family several times to update them on the progress of our investigation.

At this early stage our investigation is focussing on the adequacy of searches conducted when Mr Yusuf was arrested and later booked into custody. We have served misconduct notices on three Bedfordshire Police constables and two sergeants to inform them that they are being investigated in respect of the searches.

A Custody Detention Officer is also being investigated in respect of a check conducted on Mr Yusuf during his time in custody, and who has been served with a gross misconduct notice."

– Guido Liguori, IPCC Associate Commissioner

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


Sea lion born at Whipsnade zoo

Oscar the sea lion Credit: Whipsnade zoo

The latest addition to Whipsnade Zoo is learning how to keep cool in the summer heat.

Oscar the sea lion Credit: Whipsnade zoo

It's a California sea lion pup called Oscar; he's the first baby to be born at the zoo since 2007.

Oscar the sea lion Credit: Whipsnade zoo

He may look small now, but when he's fully grown he'll be up to eight feet long.

Oscar the sea lion Credit: Whipsnade zoo

Man dies in road crash after being robbed: Police issue CCTV.

Police in Dunstable are investigating a two incidents, one where a a couple were robbed of cash and a second where the same couple were involved in a fatal road crash shortly afterwards.

The victims were approached by two women on Albion Street and had cash stolen from them.

Police have issued CCTV pictures of two women they want to speak to in connection with the incident.

Police want to speak to these two women Credit: Bedfordshire Police

Shortly afterwards police were called to a road crash on Edward Street.

The man, who was the robbery victim, died at the scene.

He's been named as 83-year-old Frederick Lander of Dunstable.

“This is a complex and tragic series of events, in which an elderly man sadly died. However, we are treating these as two separate investigations and I would appeal for any witnesses to the collision itself to contact me. I am particularly keen to speak to a man who went over to the car and helped assist the female passenger, shortly after the collision took place. He may have vital information which can help us piece together the chain of events.”

– PC Shona Gillen
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