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Talha Asmal thought be Britain's youngest suicide bomber

Talha Asmal thought be Britain's youngest suicide bomber. Credit: ITV News

At age 17 Talha Asmal is thought be Britain's youngest suicide bomber following reports of a young Briton killed in Iraq.


Woman fighting for life in hospital after being hit by car in Bradford

Police are appealing for information after a 28-year-old woman was seriously injured after being hit by a car as she crossed a road in Bradford.

It happened on the A58 Whitehall Road in Wyke in the early hours of this morning.

"The incident occurred around 2.30am when a Toyota Corolla Vehicle, which was travelling in the direction of Halifax struck the pedestrian as she crossed the road close to the junction with Westfield Lane. The driver of the vehicle left the scene.

The pedestrian who is from the Cleckheaton area, was taken to Leeds General Infirmary with life threatening injuries.

The driver of the vehicle, a 43-year-old man from Dewsbury, later reported the incident at Dewsbury Police Station and was arrested on suspicion of failing to stop at the scene of a road accident and remains in custody."

– PC Martin Ward, West Yorkshire Police


Solo pilot's record attempt scuppered by weather

A Yorkshire pilot who was hoping to write his name into the record books by becoming the first person to fly a microlight to the North Pole has had to call off his expedition.

Dave Sykes had to abandon his record attempt

Dave Sykes, a wheelchair user from Dewsbury, made the decision to end his journey after a combination of bad weather, runway closures and a broken hand.

He says that he will attempt the record again next year.

Two teenagers from Dewsbury travel to Syria

Two teenage boys from West Yorkshire are feared to have travelled to Syria, the latest British youngsters to slip the net and make their way to the stronghold of so-called Islamic State.

The 17-year olds from Dewsbury are thought to have fled to the war-torn country a week ago, making their way through Turkey.

One of them is the brother of Hamaad Munshi, Britain's youngest convicted terrorist.

Tonight police say they're extremely concerned for their safety.

From Dewsbury Jon Hill sent this report:

Family of 17-year-old boys who've travelled to Syria "Devastated"

Both families are devastated by the events of the last few days and in particular, we are extremely concerned about the safety and well-being of our loved ones.

Our number one priority is to get Hassan and Talha back home with their families and we implore anyone who may have any information whatsoever to get in contact with the Police.

Naturally, we are in a state of profound shock and are trying to come to terms with the predicament we find ourselves in and we hope and pray that no other family finds itself in our situation.

These were just two ordinary Yorkshire lads who enjoyed the things that all young people enjoy at their age – both Hassan and Talha had a promising future as an apprentice and an A level student respectively, and we are praying they will be back with us soon and are able to realise that future.

We would implore all parents to be extra vigilant, although as we found, it’s near impossible to know your children have been groomed and brainwashed. Syria is a frightening war torn place and we need to urgently educate our young children about the dangers posed by those who prey on impressionable teenagers.

West Yorkshire Police have been incredibly supportive since we raised our concerns with them and we appreciate all their efforts to date.

Finally, we would ask that the media respects our privacy at this incredibly difficult and sensitive period for our families.

– Statement from the families of Hassan Munshi and Talha Asmal
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