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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

Men arrested after violence in Luton town centre

Men have been arrested after scenes of violence in Luton last night.

Police were called to St George's Square in the town centre at 7.50pm last night (Sunday).

A number of men were arrested on suspicion of affray offences.

Another man then approached officers and produced a weapon, before being quickly detained.

No-one was believed to be injured in the incident and those arrested have been taken to police custody for further questioning.

The incident is not currently being treated as terror related.

Anyone who witnessed the incident is asked to contact police on 101.


Holiday firm cancels all flights to Tunisia

Luton-based Thomson Holidays has issued a statement on yesterday's terror attack in Sousse, Tunisia. The firm said it was cancelling all flights to the country for the next week.

Thomson Holidays Credit: PA

Thomson and First Choice can confirm that the RIU Imperial Marhaba and the RIU Bellevue, which were involved in the terrorist events in Tunisia are part of our holiday programme.

While the situation on the ground remains fluid, we have had confirmation that a number of the fatalities and injuries are Thomson and First Choice customers. We are working closely with the local authorities and government to confirm the exact details of those affected.

We would like to extend our deepest sympathies to the friends and families of those involved in this tragic event.

We are actively working with the families and friends affected to provide support in resort and a special assistance team is en route to Tunisia to assist our customers.

The whole of Thomson and First Choice are deeply shocked and truly saddened by the events and we are grateful to our staff on the ground and the emergency services who are working hard in an incredibly challenging environment.

Due to this terrible tragedy,Thomson and First Choice are repatriating customers staying in Port El Kantaoui and Sousse.

Ten Thomson Airways flights have travelled to Tunisia to repatriate Thomson and First Choice customers and additional flights will be added today and tomorrow to accommodate those wishing to return to the UK.

We will also be cancelling all Thomson and First Choice holidays to Tunisia for the next week.

Amendments can be made to bookings on holidays to Tunisia until 24th July and we are scheduling three extra flights to Cape Verde, Rhodes and Gran Canaria for customers wishing to change their holidays.

– Thomson Holidays

Anyone with concerns about friends and families should call 0800 0885372.

Luton couple given jail sentences for animal cruelty

Credit: RSPCA

A couple from Luton have been jail sentences after allowing one of their dogs to attack another so badly he died.

Lisa Dolor and Dwain Warrington pleaded guilty to charges under the Animal Welfare Act.

Warrington admitted causing unnecessary suffering to Tyson, a young male black mastiff, by housing him in circumstances which allowed him to be attacked by another dog. He was sentenced to 16 week custodial sentence.

Dolor admitted not meeting the needs of Tyson and was given a 16 prison sentence, suspended for a year. They were both banned from keeping animals for 10 years.

"It is the owner's responsibility to make sure their animals are safe at all times, and are not at risk. Yet Tyson had neglectfully been left in danger, despite previous warnings and advice given by us, and local dog wardens from Luton Borough Council, to keep the dogs apart when unsupervised.On its own this would have been a tragic accident, but this was the second time we have been called to this address and the second time a dog has been killed. We have to make sure this doesn't happen again.

– RSPCA inspector Stephanie Law

'Britain First' leaders to attend Luton march after bid to stop them is rejected

A previous march from 'Britain First'. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"Britain First' leaders Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen will be able to attend a demonstration by the far-right group in Luton today after Bedfordshire Police failed in their bid to stop them from coming to the town.

The force had applied for an injunction, but it was rejected by the High Court yesterday.

An interim civil injunction was handed down though which means that Golding and Fransen won't be able to display banners which incite racial hatred and must stick to a designated route.

They will be able to make speeches and take part in the march however.

Injunction obtained against Britain First

Picture from previous Britain First march.

Bedfordshire Police has obtained an interim civil injunction against Britain First organisers Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen.

The ruling was made at the High Court in London earlier today.

However the court has ruled that both organisers will be able to attend Luton for the planned demonstration tomorrow.

The injunction bans either Paul Golding or Jayda Fransen (either by themselves or by instructing or encouraging or giving permission to any other person) from:

  • Entering any mosque or Islamic Cultural Centre or its private grounds within England or Wales without prior written invitation.
  • Publishing, distributing or displaying, or causing to be published, distributed or displayed any words or images, whether electronic or otherwise which having regard to all the circumstances are likely to stir up religious and/or racial hatred.
  • Using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour thereby causing harassment, alarm or distress to any person.
  • Carrying or displaying in Luton on Saturday, 27 June, at or in connection with the march by 'Britain First' any banner or sign with the words 'No More Mosques', or similar words or words to like effect.

Police were also given the power of arrest should either party breach any of the terms of the injunction.

A full hearing will be held at a later date.

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