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Trial date set for couple accused of helping son in Syria

The parents of the Muslim convert known as "Jihadi Jack" are to stand trial in January.

John Letts and Sally Lane from Oxfordshire are accused of sending hundreds of pounds to 20-year-old Jack Letts, who is believed to have joined Islamic State in 2014.

John Letts and Sally Lane from Oxfordshire are accused of sending hundreds of pounds to their son in Syria Credit: ITV News

Letts and Lane have been charged with three counts of funding terrorism by allegedly sending their son £223 on September 2nd last year, £1,000 on December 31st, and £500 on January 4th.

Lane is also charged with two counts of attempting to send payments of £500 on January 4th. Letts, 55, and his 54-year-old wife, from Oxford, did not enter any pleas to the charges at the Old Bailey earlier today.

Nicholas Hilliard QC, the recorder for London, confirmed a trial date of January 9th. The trial, at the Old Bailey, is expected to last up to four weeks.

Jack Letts is believed to be the first white Britain to join Islamic State Credit: ITV Meridian

Jack Letts was suspected of being the first white Briton to join the terror group after he left his Oxford home and travelled to war-ravaged Syria in 2014.

The 20-year-old reportedly goes by the name Abu Mohammed and married an Iraqi woman with whom he has a son, Muhammed. His parents, of Chilswell Road in Oxford, were both released on bail.

Couple due in court accused of helping son in Syria

Jack Letts travelled to Syria in 2014 Credit: ITV Meridian

The parents of a man from Oxford, thought to be a suspected terrorist, are due in court.

John Letts and Sally Lane are accused of sending hundreds of pounds to 20-year-old John Letts, who it's believed joined the Islamic State in 2014.

His parents have denied giving him money and pleaded not guilty to charges against them.

'You just want to survive' - Syrian refugees begin a new life at school that says we need to do more

A year ago they were two teenage boys from Damascus - often too scared of the bombings and gunfire to go to school or even take their exams.

But now Sulaiman Wihba and Elias Badin have begun a new life at a public school in Sussex, trying to put the horror of their childhoods behind them.

They are thought to be the first Syrian refugees to be offered such a scholarship, but their teachers say we have a duty to do more - comparing their plight to that of children caught up in the conflicts of World War Two.

Andy Dickenson has been to meet them and also speaks to Steve Marshall-Taylor of Brighton College.


Couple in court for helping son in Syria

Jack Letts travelled to Syria in 2014 Credit: ITV Meridian

A couple from Oxford are due in court accused of sending money to their son, who's believed to have joined the Islamic State.

John Letts and Sally Lane have denied giving Jack Letts hundreds of pounds.

The twenty year old converted to Islam at sixteen and travelled to Syria in 2014.

Hampshire schoolboy helps fundraise for people made homeless by the war in Syria

Schoolboy Muhammed, 10, helps raise money for people affected by the war in Syria

The Syrian community in Southampton has pledged to raise five thousand pounds to help refugees made homeless by war.

Many of the families who gathered for a charity event today have been in the area for decades, some have just arrived from Syria. All say they're deeply concerned about the conflict in the country they once called home.

In his report, Richard Jones spoke to Dr Redwan El-Khayat from the Syria Relief Charity UK; and 10-year-old fundraiser Muhammed Alzetani.

Musician's song reflects struggle of refugees

It's been a year in which the sorrows of many, forced to flee their countries in the face of war, have touched us all. The plight of Syrians, in particular, was brought home by the tragic death of a three-year-old boy, found drowned on a beach. A musician from Sussex was so moved that he's recorded a song in tribute to the child whose sad death highlighted the struggle of thousands. Andy Dickenson reports.

Syria bombing: what did our MPs have to say?

The first British air strikes on Syria began shortly after the results of the Commons voting were announced last night. Most of our MPs voted in favour - but there were some Tory rebels. Fred and Sangeeta link to Political Correspondent Phil Hornby.

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