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Full report: Coventry student gets 6 years for trying to join Islamic State

An unemployed student from Coventry has been jalied for six years after being found guilty of trying to join Islamic State fighters in Syria.

20 year-old Zakariyah Ishaq had already received police mentoring to turn him away from radicalisation - but he slipped out of the country to try to become a jihadist. Jane Hesketh reports

How Coventry student tried to join Islamic State

Ashiq left the UK on November 6 last year by bus from Victoria Station in London and made his way across the Channel to Amsterdam.

He continued his journey via Frankfurt in Germany and Bulgaria to Jordan.

But when he failed to cross the border into Syria, he flew back to Heathrow, where he was arrested on November 20th.

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Coventry man jailed after preparing for terrorist acts

A man from Coventry has been jailed for six years for trying to join Islamic State.

Zakariya Ashiq Credit: Facebook

Zakariya Ashiq, from Foleshill, was previously found guilty of preparing for terrorist acts and assisting others to prepare for terrorism in a week-long trial at the Old Bailey in London.

He left the UK in November but failed to gain entry to Syria and was arrested on his return to Heathrow.

Coventry man guilty of preparing for terrorist acts

A man from Coventry, who was intent on martyring himself while fighting alongside friends in Syria, has been convicted of preparing for terrorist acts.

Zakariya Ashiq Credit: West Midlands Police

Zakariya Ashiq, from Foleshill, was also found guilty of assisting others to prepare for terrorism in a week-long trial at the Old Bailey in London.

Lat November, the unemployed 20-year-old failed in his attempt to join Islamic State and was arrested when he returned to the UK.

More to follow.

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Police given more time to question men arrested on terror offences

Credit: West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit

Police have been granted more time to continue questioning three men arrested in Dover last Friday on suspicion of Syria-related terrorism offences.

Officers now have until next Friday to charge or release the suspects, who are all in their 20s and from Birmingham.

The men were part of a group of six ? five men and one woman ? detained at the port.

Two of the men are longer suspected of terrorism offences have been handed over to immigration authorities for further investigation. The woman was released without charge.

Syria terror probe arrests: latest police tweets

Six people have been arrested in Dover on suspicion of Syria-related terrorism offences, West Midlands Police said.

Five men aged in their 20's, and a 23-year-old woman, who are not a family group and not accompanied by children, were detained around 8am in the departure zone of of the port.

Four of the men are from Birmingham while the woman is of no fixed abode.

They are currently being questioned at a police station in the West Midlands area while searches at a number of addresses in Birmingham are ongoing.

It added that the arrests are part of an ongoing investigation. See their latest tweets on the investigation below.

Woman arrested by West Midlands counter terrorism unit bailed

A woman arrested on suspicion of Syria-related terror offences has been bailed pending further police inquiries.

The 25-year-old suspect, from Haringey in London, was released on police bail last night after being questioned by officers from the West Midlands counter-terrorism unit.

A police spokesman said the woman, who was arrested at Luton Airport yesterday morning, had been granted conditional bail until a date in March.

Woman arrested at Luton Airport been bailed Credit: PA
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