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Thousands gather to show support for Muslim youth event

An estimated 5,000 Muslims gathered in Surrey this weekend to pledge loyalty to Britain in light of concerns over the popularity of the extremist militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Isis), and the alleged involvement of Britons.

The three-day residential event, organised by the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (Amya), has brought together 5,000 young British Muslim men from England, Scotland and Wales, to foster bonds of brotherhood and affirm their pride in being British and Muslim.

The Caliph, His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, spiritual leader to tens of millions of Muslims across the world, said: "Britain has provided a home for people from across the world. As Ahmadi Muslims, we give thanks to Queen and country for allowing us to practise our faith freely.

Fun in the sun at Muslim youth festival

The 42nd Ahmadiyyah Muslim Youth Association festival is underway at Farnham in Surrey. Muslim men and boys from the age of 7 up come together for three days of talks, speaking competitions and sport. Those attending also hold a flag hoisting ceremony where they pledge allegiance to Great Britain.

This year, the Caliph of Islam, His Holiness Hazrat Mirza Masroor Ahmad, spiritual leader to tens of millions of Muslims across the world, will be in attendance. Hannah Costigan has been to the convention to meet organisers and attendees.

Her report includes interviews with convention chairman Dr Aziz Hafiz, regional youth leader Kamal Aftab and local Imam Mansoor Ahmad Clarke.

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Thousands gather in Surrey for Muslim convention

Thousands of Muslims are meeting in Surrey this weekend for the annual convention of the Ahmadiyyah Muslim Youth Association, which promotes peace and tolerance.

The 3-day event includes football and cricket competitions, talks on history and science and a flag-raising ceremony where attendees pledge allegiance to Great Britain.

ITV Meridian spoke to Aziz Hafiz, the Convention Chairman.

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"We are always hopeful..., until there is no hope."

The families of the four missing sailors from the South, whose boat is believed to have capsized in the Atlantic Ocean, have said they are full of hope that their loved ones will be found.

Our reporter Kerry Swain, has been speaking to David Bridge, the father of Andrew Bridge. The missing 22 -year-old from Farnham, is the skipper of the Cheeki Rafiki yacht, which began to take on water on its way back home to Hampshire last week Thursday.

Appeal for witnesses after woman attacked in town centre car park in Surrey

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Police are appealing for witnesses after a woman was attacked and robbed in Farnham in broad daylight. She was returning to her car in the Waitrose car park around 1-20pm on Sunday when she was approached by a man. She was pushed to the ground and robbed of her purse.

Police believe it may be linked to another assault on Saturday night when a man was robbed as he walked through Farnham Park. He was punched in the face and fell to the ground. The suspect then ran off with his rucksack.

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Farnham man sentenced to 9 years in jail for sexual abuse of children

Rodney Reast Credit: SURREY POLICE

A man from Farnham was sentenced today to nine years in prison after pleading guilty to 12 counts of child sexual abuse.

Rodney Reast, 53, was charged with 14 counts of child sexual abuse on four male victims between the ages of 10 and 16.

Reast was due to stand trial on 31 March but pleaded guilty to 12 of the charges when he appeared at Guildford Crown Court. Two other offences were accepted as not guilty and allowed to remain on file.

At the hearing today His Honour Judge Peter Moss told Reast that he was deemed a dangerous offender and that there was a serious risk he would cause harm to others. He was told he would be on licence for the whole nine year period.

Pensioner lost more than £200,000 through scam letters

A pensioner has told ITV Meridian how she spent more than two hundred thousands pounds on postal scams - one of the worst cases Trading Standards has ever seen.

Seventy-six year-old Sylvia Kneller, from Farnham in Surrey was bombarded by letters promising prizes. She responded because they were written directly to her - and she thought they were genuine. But the only intention was to rip her off. Andrew Pate reports.

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