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UK jihadi caught after cousin convinced him to return

A British man who attended a terror training camp in Syria was caught at Dover after being convinced to make the journey home with his taxi driver cousin.

Father-of-four Tahir Bhatti, 44, had urged 27-year-old Imran Khawaja - who also went by the alias Abu Daigham al Baritani - to return to the UK in June last year because his parents were not well.

Khawaja then persuaded his cousin to drive him home from the Middle Eastern country in order to avoid the more frequently used route for jihadis - via flights to and from neighbouring Turkey.

The pair used an encrypted messaging app and communicated with a series of code words in an attempt to mask their plans, the prosecution said.

Khawaja pleaded guilty to a string of terror offences including preparation of terrorist acts and attending a terrorist training camp.

Bhatt, of no fixed abode, today pleaded guilty to assisting an offender, but previously denied other charges, which the judge ordered be left on file.


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British jihadi faces jail over Syria terror trip

Imran Khawaja pictured with heavy weaponry.

A British jihadi who was reported dead as he returned home from Syria now faces a lengthy prison sentence after admitting a string of terror offences, it can be reported.

Imran Khawaja - who was previously a resident of Southall in London - spent half a year in the war-ravaged country last year and was pictured holding the severed head of a man.

As the 27-year-old was returning home he was widely reported to have died on the battlefield in Syria after terrorist group Rayat al-Tawheed falsely announced his death.

At an Old Bailey hearing last month, Khawaja admitted preparation of terrorist acts as well as attending a terrorism training camp.

He also admitted receiving weapons training and possessing a firearm for terrorist use, but denied a charge of soliciting murder with and against people unknown.

His pleas can only now be reported since two co-defendants admitted terror charges and the prosecution decided not to pursue a trial.

Child hunger having dramatic effect at London schools

A new report released today reveals that child hunger and poverty in London are dramatically affecting children's ability to learn.

More than 80 percent of teachers in London say that children are eating the wrong foods in the morning, and most say they can tell just by watching their behaviour at school.

The report, by charity Magic Breakfast, is part of the 'Feed Their Future' campaign, which aims to raise awareness of the impact of child hunger on education.

The charity's report found that an alarming number of children are not having a healthy breakfast Credit: John Stillwell/PA Wire

It also found:

  • Over a quarter of London teachers do not believe parents can identify what a nutritious breakfast is
  • Nearly 60% of children also do not know what a nutritious breakfast is
  • 23% of parents living in the city say that food is getting so expensive they have had to cut down on breakfasts
  • Up to 60% of parents let their children eat anything in the morning, just so they eat something


Man bailed over Chiswick sexual assaults investigation

Police Helmet. Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Archive

Detectives in West London investigating several sexual assaults committed on women in Chiswick have arrested a young man.

The 22-year-old was arrested at his home in South London on suspicion of sexual assault. He was taken in to custody at a Hounslow police station and later bailed until mid February 2015.

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