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Counter-terror police working to find woman claimed to have travelled to Syria with toddler son

West Midlands Police say they are being assisted by counter-terror police, as they try to find out the whereabouts of a missing woman.

Her father, who is from Staffordshire, claims Tareena Shakil has travelled to Syria, and has taken her toddler son with her, after being radicalised online.

A 25-year-old woman from Sparkbrook was reported missing by a member of her family on 24 October. We have since been working to establish the woman’s whereabouts and that she is safe and well. One of our lines of enquiry is that she may have travelled to Syria via Turkey. Given the possibility that the young woman may have travelled to Syria, the Counter Terrorism Unit is assisting local police with the investigation.

– West Midlands Police spokesperson
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British mother 'takes 14-month old son to Syria'

Islamic State militants took over the Syrian city of Raqqa in June. Credit: Reuters

A young mother is believed to have taken her 14-month-old son to Syria after becoming radicalised online.

Tareena Shakil, 25, left her home in Burton-On-Trent on Monday telling family she was going on holiday to Spain.

But her father told The Sun Tareena later contacted him saying she was in Raqqa, a headquarters of Islamic State (IS).

Mohammed Shakil said: "There was no reason to suspect. She left wearing jeans and a top she bought in a shop owned by one of the Towie stars in Brentwood. She was not even wearing a headscarf."

"Tareena did drama and was in the Guides. She loved the Spice Girls and Towie."

One online message from Tareena told how her and her son Zaheem had almost been shot crossing the Syrian border.

"So many people died coming. They got shot at the border but we made it."

The newspaper claim former A-star pupil Tareena used a fake Facebook profile to post pro-Islamic messages referring to herself as "a slave of Allah".

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Pipers and drummers took part in a shopping centre flash mob. Credit: ITV News Central
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Fire in Sleaford

There are reports of a large fire west of Sleaford just off the A15.

Midland charity worker in Liberia to help fight Ebola

A charity worker based in Hereford has been dispatched to Liberia to help in the fight against Ebola.

David Darg, who works for Operation Blessing, is showing local teams how to make chlorine disinfectant to allow people to keep themselves clean and reduce the risk of spreading.

Operation Blessing is shipping out protective clothing to Liberia Credit: PA

Operation Blessing is also shipping in containers of hazmat suits, which have to be burned after use and replaced with fresh kit, as well as delivering basic food and soap to families of Ebola victims, who are often banned from leaving their homes and abandoned by neighbours.

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Nurse who aided man's suicide jailed by US court

A former American nurse who used internet chat rooms to encourage people to commit suicide, including a man from Coventry, has been jailed for 178 days.

Mark Drybrough was 32 when he hanged himself in 2005.

Mark Drybrough hanged himself in 2005 Credit: ITV News Central

He had been chatting to William Melchert-Dinkel, who pretended to be a female nurse and offered step by step instructions on how to commit suicide.

Melchert-Dinkel was convicted last month of assisting in his suicide, and attempting to assist in the suicide of a Canadian woman.

William Melchert-Dinkel had pretended to be a female nurse in their conversations Credit: ITV News Central

He was sentenced to five years in prison at a court in Minnesota today, but will not serve the full amount if he complies with his probation conditions.

Ceremony to honour Suez Canal conflict veterans

A number of veterans from Leicestershire who served in Egypt 60 years ago are taking part in a special ceremony to honour those involved in the Suez Canal conflict.

The Suez Canal in Egypt Credit: /Eye Ubiquitous/Press Association Images

The men are all members of the Suez Veterans' Association and now in their late 70s and 80s.

Around 50 will be attending a service to mark the 60th anniversary of the signing of the 1954 Anglo/Egyptian Treaty, which led to the withdrawal of British troops.

It is being held at the County Hall in Glenfield this morning.

Organisers estimate football match has raised more than £4,000

Organisers of the memorial football match, played in honour of murdered medical students Neil Dalton and Aidan Brunger, estimate that more than four thousand pounds has been raised.

Today, Belper United took on Newcastle Medics FC to raise money for the Anthony Nolan Trust, a cause close to Neil Dalton's heart.

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