Live updates

Advertisement

  1. National

Muslim father stopped from flying to US: We were devastated

A father whose family holiday to Disneyland in the US was cancelled at the last minute by border officials has told of their "devastation".

Fitness instructor Mohammad Tariq Mahmood was among 11 members of his family hoping to fly from Gatwick to Los Angeles - but told ITV News they were pulled from the queue to board the plane by a border control officer who asked to see their passports.

Read: US 'stops British Muslim family from flying to Disneyland'

He said the official told them there was a problem and said the airport had received a phone call from Washington, banning Mr Mahmood and his party from getting on the plane.

We were devastated. We'd planned this trip for two months, the kids were excited, and all of a sudden some person just comes and says 'you're not allowed to board the plane', with no explanation.

We were alienated, the way we were just taken out the room.

I don't know why - there was no explanation.

– Mohammad Tariq Mahmood

He told ITV News that he believes the reason was because they were Muslims - saying there was no other reason he could think of.

Nobody in his family had ever been arrested, had ever been involved in any terrorist organisation, or even been to Syria, he said.

Boris Johnson joins leaders at Climate Change Summit

The Mayor of London will join world leaders at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris on Thursday and Friday to discuss ways of tackling global warming.

Credit: PA

The Mayor says he wants to share the secrets of London's success, which he says has seen a 14% reduction in carbon emissions in the last 7 years, despite an increase in population of around 1 million. On Friday Boris Johnson will talk to leaders about the Clean Bus Summit. He believes London's bus network is now one of the cleanest and greenest in the world.

He will also pay his respects to those killed in the Paris terror attacks when he lays a remembrance rose at the Bataclan Theatre.

Advertisement

Load more updates