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Two women fight on train in West Yorkshire

Police are appealing for information after a fight took place between two females on a train travelling between Leeds and Dewsbury.

The fight also spilled onto the platform at Dewsbury station.

Officers want to hear from anyone who witnessed the incident on board the 3.41 York to Liverpool Lime Street service at around 4.30pm on Thursday, 2 July.

Two females started fighting in the vestibule area on the service. Three men attempted to split them up but the fight continued and spilled onto the platform at Dewsbury. One of the women involved had large clumps of hair pulled out of her head and sustained bruises and scratches to her arms. We are now trying to determine exactly what happened on the train and I would urge anyone who was travelling on the service, or on the platform at Dewsbury, and who witnessed the incident to please come forward and speak to us. The train was very busy at the time of the incident so we believe a number of people may have information.

– Investigating Officer PC Katie Purcel, British Transport Police
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Society 'must be vigilant' to spot radicalisation signs

British society must stay "vigilant" to spot signs of radicalisation in young people, Philip Hammond has said.

Talha Asmal, 17, reportedly became Britain's youngest suicide bomber when he blew himself up while fighting for Islamic State in Iraq.

Speaking about the teenager's death, the foreign secretary said: "Teachers, parents, social workers, people in the community all need to be vigilant and look for signs of early radicalisation."

Dewsbury MP calls for community to unite

Dewsbury MP Paula Sherriff has called for the community to unite after news about the teenager suicide bomber, Talha Asmal.

Both myself and the community in Dewsbury are deeply shocked and devastated by the news of Talha Asmal. I met his family yesterday evening and they are understandably traumatised by what has happened.

What we have to do now is come together and do all we can to ensure no more impressionable young people are brainwashed by those behind Isis. These evil people use the internet and social media to target impressionable young people, painting a very different picture to the reality of what is really happening in Isis-controlled areas.

We need to ensure that we have a robust plan to work with the community; we need work with the schools, the mosques, churches, the community groups and parents to try and ensure that young people are aware of the reality of what is actually happening in Syria and Iraq.

There is so much good about Dewsbury, yet once again our town has hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons. I want our community to now demonstrate all that is positive about Dewsbury by remaining united, working together to come up with strategies to ensure that no other boys or girls follow this path.”

– Paula Sherriff, MP for Dewsbury

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Ex-extremist: No doubt teen suicide bomber groomed

A man once considered the "godfather" of the British jihadi movement has said there is no doubt a 17-year-old - who has apparently become Britain's youngest suicide bomber - was groomed.

Abu Muntasir, who used to recruit extremists, told Good Morning Britain that Talha Asmal had committed an "abhorrent crime" and said parents need to have more communication with their children to prevent similar tragedies.

"There is grooming, no doubt - I know how we used to convince people by ignoring a lot of facts on the ground, ignoring reality and alternative views amongst Muslims and Muslim teaching," he said.

"So the parents need to have more communication with their children, they need to have more of an overseeing aspect of how to be a good parent.

"It's totally despicable what he (Talha) has done, it is an abhorrent crime, and we should be very careful."

Dewsbury suicide bomber - Yvette Cooper statement

"This is a very disturbing case and our thoughts are with the families and friends of those who died or were injured in this appalling terrorist attack.

"This case shows how important it is for the Government to have a proper counter-terrorism strategy, which not only includes measures to track, monitor and prosecute terror suspects, but also includes a much stronger plan for community-led action to prevent young people being drawn towards the lies and hate filled ideology of Isil.

"We have known for a long time that Isil was using social media to recruit young people to join their bloody war.

"So why don't we have a proper plan in place for communities to be able to proactively counter the lies they spread and undermine their attempts to glorify the civil war they are fuelling?

"Despite a new counter terrorism strategy, the Government are well behind on tackling this. "Their proposals are confused and they continue to refuse to properly refuse community-led Prevent programmes which could make a massive difference in stopping young people being drawn in by terrorist groups."

– Yvette Cooper MP, Shadow Home Secretary

"Evil ISIS groomers brainwashed Talha" - ex MP Malik

Shahid Malik, a former government minister and a family friend of the Asmals described them as "a beautiful, caring, peace-loving and incredibly humble family"

"The local community grieves with them today,

"Ebrahim (the father) and the family's world has been shattered in the cruellest of ways and one which no family should ever have to experience.

"Talha was a truly sweet-natured, helpful, respectful and friendly kid and it is incredibly difficult to reconcile this Talha with the suicide-bomber at an raqi oil installation.

"My thoughts and prayers are obviously also with those killed at the oil installation and their families.

"It is disturbing to see how relaxed he looks in the Isis photographs allegedly taken just prior to his suicide mission.

"He looks at peace. It's like he's ready to go and meet his maker. This is a clear indication of just how successful the evil Isis groomers have been in poisoning and brainwashing Talha and kids like him..

"We must defeat Isis in mosques and communities across the country. This is a generational struggle and everyone must be willing to rise to the challenge.

"Importantly, it's a struggle which can only succeed if it is one which is led by Muslims themselves."

– Shahid Malik, former Dewsbury MP
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