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Football match for Victoria Cross soldier

A special football tournament's has been taking place in Northamptonshire to honour the memory of a soldier who won a Victoria Cross for his bravery.

Lance Corporal James Ashworth was just 23 when he died trying to rescue comrades in Afghanistan. Now the Corby soldier has been honoured once more by his home.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Matthew Hudson

Soldiers to be honoured

Soldiers from The Royal Anglian Regiment will be honoured for their service in Afghanistan today.

Some soldiers from the second battalion, which recruits from East Anglia and the East Midlands, have only just returned home from Helmand.

They will be welcomed during a ceremony at Kendrew Barracks in Rutland later this morning.

Luton appeal to stop young men going to fight in Syria

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.

Click below to watch a report by ITV News Anglia's Lauren Hall



UK police chiefs release Syrian travel warning

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.

Campaign warns of danger of travelling to Syria

Women officers from Bedfordshire Police and Luton Borough Council are joining community leaders in a campaign to protect young people from the dangers of travelling to Syria.

Fighting in Syria Credit: ITV News

The campaign being launched today will target women who are concerned about youngsters in their family who may head to Syria and encourage them to talk within the communities.

Police say they're becoming increasingly concerned about youngsters who are considering getting involved in the Syrian conflict.

They're also worried about people heading out for humanitarian reasons.

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