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Mother told to expect "substantial" prison sentence for attempting to take children to Syria

A woman has been told to expect a substantial prison sentence after she admitted trying to take her two children from Bradford to Syria.

A mother has admitted trying to take her children from Bradford to Syria Credit: Press Association

The 34-year-old woman, who cannot be named in order to protect the identity of her children, appeared before Leeds Crown Court on Wednesday afternoon.

She was arrested in Turkey after her husband discovered documents at their home which suggested she was on her way to Syria.

By the time police arrived at Manchester airport she was already airborne with her children. When she was arrested, the woman told officials she wanted her children to be brought up under Sharia Law.

Judge Rodney Jameson QC said he would examine all recent cases before sentencing, adding :"I will focus on the harm to the children and it is difficult to imagine greater harm."

The case was adjourned until January 8th.