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Two arrested over investigation into Syria charity fraud bailed

Two men from West Yorkshire among eight people arrested as part of an investigation into charity fraud involving thousands of pounds intended to help people in Syria have been released on bail.

The suspects were arrested at addresses across the UK yesterday morning by Kent Police after more than £45,000 was seized at the Port of Dover on December 23 2012.

The money - £31,816, plus 8,310 euros (£6,857) and 10,700 US dollars (£6,413) - which had come from four UK-based charities, was taken by police who believed it could be used for criminal or terrorist activities.

A 35-year-old man from Dewsbury, and a 43-year-old from Huddersfield, both in West Yorkshire, have been bailed until September 1.

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Protests about intervening in Syria

Protests will take place in the region Credit: Press Association

Protests against intervention are set to go ahead in the region despite a vote against the government on military action.

Demonstrations will take place in Bradford, Leeds and Huddersfield.

Meanwhile, people in Sheffield are being asked to donate aid which will be sent to Syria. Donations will be taken at Universal Computers on St George's Close from 11am.

Our region's MPs rebel against Syria motion

Six coalition MPs from our region have rebelled against the Government motion which backed UK military intervention in Syria.

They are:

  • Philip Davies MP, Con Shipley
  • David Davis MP, Con Haltemprice and Howden
  • Jason McCartney MP, Con Colne Valley
  • Peter Tapsell MP, Con Louth and Horncastle
  • Martin Vickers MP, Con Cleethorpes
  • Andrew Percy MP, Con Brigg and Goole

Yesterday six RAF Typhoons were deployed from RAF Coningsby in Lincolnshire to RAF Akrotiri in Cyprus in response to the heightened tension in Syria.

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