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Judge delays sentencing in Birmingham terror case

Nahin Ahmed holding a toy gun - pre travel to Syria - in an image taken from his computer. Credit: West Midlands Police

Judge Topolski QC has said he would not pass sentence on the two men until a Court of Appeal decision about a similar case had been heard later this summer.

However, sentencing is due to open this afternoon.

The judge earlier told the court that he was willing to offer a reduction in sentence if the defendants were to plead guilty.

He described the case as a "grave one".

More: Syria terror men told parents they were on holiday in Turkey

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Families of both men urged them to return from Syria

Nahin Ahmed and Yusuf Zubair Sarwar Credit: West Midlands Police

The families of Mohammed Nahin Ahmed and Yusuf Zubair Sarwar urged both men to return home when they realised they had gone to fight in Syria.

Sarwar's family reported him missing to police in May last year after they found a hand-written letter from him in which said he had left to join a terrorist group called Kataib al Muhajireen (KaM)- later renamed Kateeba al-Kawthar - "to do jihad".

Part of Sawar's letter to his family in which he says he is going to wage Jihad in Syria. Credit: West Midlands Police

Days earlier he had told his family he was travelling to Turkey as part of a two-week trip organised by Birmingham City University, where he was a part-time computer science student.

West Midlands Police said the men showed the mind-set to go and join the jihad in Syria, before carrying out research, buying equipment, and finally travelling a well-trod route to get inside the battle zone via Turkey.

More: Birmingham men posed with rifles during visit to Syria

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Police release chilling photos of Syria terror pair

Sawar brandishing a gun during training in Syria Credit: West Midlands Police
This picture of Ahmed was found on the pair's return to the UK Credit: West Midlands Police
Surveillance footage of the pair arriving at Heathrow before they set off for Turkey Credit: West Midlands Police
Ahmed on his return to the UK in January, with his beard shaved off Credit: West Midlands Police

Syria terror men lied they were on holiday in Turkey

Yusuf Sarwar and Nahin Ahmed of Farcroft Avenue - both aged 22 - pleaded guilty at Woolwich Crown Court today. Credit: West Midlands Police

Two young men from Birmingham who have pleaded guilty to preparing acts of terrorism while in Syria, had lied to their parents they were actually on holiday in Turkey.

Yusuf Sarwar and Nahin Ahmed, who are both 22 and from Handsworth, bought one-way tickets in May 2013 then crossed the Syrian border to train with rebel fighters.

They were arrested by officers from the West Midlands Police counter terrorism unit when they returned to Heathrow on a flight from Istanbul in January this year.

Traces of military grade explosives were found on their clothing and pictures on their camera showed them brandishing weapons.

Birmingham men plead guilty to Syria terror charges

Two men from Handsworth in Birmingham have pleaded guilty to terrorism charges after spending time in Syria.

Yusef Sarwar and Nahin Ahme, both 22, were arrested when they returned to Heathrow on a flight from Istanbul in January this year.

They were charged with engaging in conduct in preparation of terrorist acts having spent eight months in Syria to join rebel fighters.

The trial at Woolwich Crown Court was scheduled to last three weeks, but today the pair pleaded guilty.

Police describe double murder as 'truly horrific'

West Midlands Police has posted a video online describing the double murder of a man and woman in Solihull yesterday as a 'truly horrific incident'.

Chief Superintendent Alex Murray appears in the video, to say the incident is confined to one particular family, and to reassure the community.

He goes on to say that the 23-year-old man arrested in connection with the deaths is receiving 'critical care' in hospital.

Read more: Solihull double murder victims were both stabbed

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Solihull double murder victims were both stabbed

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We can today confirm that two people who died in Hermitage Road #Solihull yesterday died of stab injuries.

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A 23-year-old man remains under police guard in hospital in connection with the ongoing investigation into the deaths.

West Midlands Police has confirmed the two victims of a double murder investigation in Solihull both died from stab wounds.

The bodies of a 50-year-old woman and a 58-year-old man were found at an address in Hermitage Road after reports of an attack going on inside the house at 5:15am on Monday.

A 23-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder and is under police guard in hospital.

Police say all three people were known to one another and they're not looking for anyone else in connection with the murders.

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Man arrested for double murder under police guard in hospital

Scene of double murder in Solihull Credit: ITV News Central

A man is under police guard in hospital after being arrested on suspicion of the murder of a couple in Hermitage Road in Solihull.

Police launched a murder inquiry after getting an emergency call around 5:15 am following at disturbance at the house. At the scene they found the bodies of a 58 year old man and a 50 year old woman.

They also found a 23 year old man with serious injuries who was arrested at the scene on suspicion of murder and taken to hospital for treatment.

Police say all three people were known to one another and they're not looking for anyone else in connection with the murders.

Man arrested in double murder inquiry in Solihull

by Chris Halpin

A double murder investigation is underway after two bodies were found at a house in Solihull.

West Midlands Police were called to reports of an attack inside the house shortly after 5 o'clock this morning, but when officers arrived a 58-year-old man and 50-year-old woman were dead.

A 23-year-old man is tonight being held on suspicion of murder. Chris Halpin reports.

23-year-old man held in Solihull double murder inquiry

Officers were called to Hermitage Road earlier this morning after reports of an attack Credit: ITV News Central

Police have confirmed a 23-year-old man is being held on suspicion of murder after the bodies of a man and a woman were found at a house in Solihull.

Officers were called out to a home in Hermitage Road at just after 5:15am this morning after reports of an attack.

The bodies of a 58-year-old man and a 50-year-old woman were found at the scene.

The road is still closed off while investigations continue.

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