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Calls for action over man arrested after fighting IS

Supporters of a man who left Britain to go and fight the so-called Islamic State, are calling for all criminal proceedings against him to be dropped.

Aiden Aslin, from Newark in Nottinghamshire, flew out to Syria last year to go and fight alongside Kurdish forces.

He was arrested when he returned to the UK last month.

Today campaigners held a demonstration, demanding he face no further action.

Phil Brewster reports:


Pair bailed following arrests for Syria terror offences

Police made one arrest at Gatwick Airport on Monday. Credit: PA

Two people from Birmingham arrested by counter-terrorism police over Syria-related offences have been bailed.

The 24-year-old was detained on Monday morning at Gatwick Airport.

A 20-year-old woman who was arrested at an address in west London has also been released on bail.

They were arrested on suspicion of engaging in conduct in preparation for travelling to Syria.

West Midlands Police said they were "bailed with strict conditions until a later date while inquiries take place".

Protest over charges against Syria fighter from Newark

Aidan Aslin Credit: ITV News Central

A demonstration will be staged later today by campaigners calling for the authorities to drop criminal proceedings against a man from Newark who fought against so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

22-year-old Aidan Aslin was fighting alongside Kurdish forces last year.

He was arrested upon his return to the UK in February, but campaigners are calling for him to be released from bail and to face no further action.

Second arrest in Coventry over Syria terror offences

A second arrest has been made in Coventry Credit: PA

A second person was arrested in Coventry this afternoon on suspicion of Syria-related terrorism offences.

The 29-year-old man was detained by officers from the force’s counter terrorism unit.

Officers are continuing with searches at three addresses in the Foleshill and Radford areas of the city in connection with the investigation.

The searches are being made under terrorism legislation.

A 28-year-old woman arrested earlier today has been bailed with strict conditions pending further enquiries.

The latest arrest was pre-planned and intelligence led and there is no risk to public safety.

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Syrian refugee mothers' stories tackle ISIS propaganda

Video report by ITV News Central reporter Chris Halpin

Latest figures show the number of women and girls leaving the UK to join the so-called Islamic State in Syria is rising.

Between July 2014 and July 2015 43 girls and women were thought to have fallen victim to radicalisation and travelled to the war torn country. Figures released today for the whole of last year show that had risen to 56.

Now it's hoped accounts from Syrian refugee mothers who've managed to escape the bombing and bloodshed for safety in the UK will deter anyone from risking their lives and going the other way. Chris Halpin reports.

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