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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.

Counter terrorism officers arrest man in Kent

A man has been arrested in Kent on suspicion of Syria-related terrorism offences.

Counter terrorism officers held the man, 31, at a property in Margate in a "pre-planned and intelligence-led" operation.

Officers from the West Midlands Counter Terrorism Unit searched the property, aided by colleagues from Kent Police.

A West Midlands Police spokesman said there was no immediate threat to public safety following the arrest, under Section 5 of the Terrorism Act 2006.


College cancels trip to Belgium after terror attacks

The trip to Belgium has been cancelled Credit: Totton College

A field trip by Hampshire's Totton College to Belgium has been cancelled following the terror attacks.

An emergency meeting was held with students, parents and teachers to decide whether or not the five-day trip to France and Belgium, leaving on Thursday 24 March, should go ahead.

Concerned parents and teachers came to the conclusion that an alternative trip to the New Forest would the best option given the circumstances.

The students will now be unable to fulfil their duty of laying a wreath at Ypres in Belgium at the Last Post ceremony on Friday 25 March, a privilege they had been very much been looking forward to.

Marching united against terror

In a united front against terrorism people of all faiths were brought together in Berkshire today in light of the recent events in Paris.

One hundred and twenty nine people were killed when gunmen opened fire and set off bombs across the city last Friday.

The message as they marched silently through Newbury, that hatred will not divide. Mel Bloor reports.


Archbishop of Canterbury speaks of Paris terror attacks

Justin Welby admitted the terror attacks made him doubt the presence of God Credit: ITV Meridian

The Archbishop of Canterbury has admitted the terror attacks in Paris made him "doubt" the presence of God.

Justin Welby said he was left asking why the attacks happened, and where God was in the French victims' time of need. He said he reacted with "profound sadness" at the events, particularly because he and his wife had lived in Paris.

Asked if these attacks had caused him to doubt where God is, he said: "Oh gosh, yes," and admitted it put a "chink in his armour."

A bombing campaign against Islamic State was launched after the events, but the Archbishop warned against a potentially damaging instant reaction.

"Two injustices do not make justice. If we start randomly killing those who have not done wrong, that is not going to provide solutions. So governments have to be the means of justice.

"The Bible tells us that they are put there by God with the sword for justice, but they also have to lead us into a place where peace can be established. Religion is so powerful in the way humans behave that it has always been a tool used by the wicked to twist people into doing what they want them to do.

"But just because someone believes something deeply wrong does not mean that they are right in some way because they put God in it. The perversion of faith is one of the most desperate aspects of our world today."

Solidarity march to be held in Berkshire in wake of Paris terror attacks

A silent peace march will be held in Newbury today to show solidarity in the wake of the terror attacks in Paris.

Organised by community organisation All2gether, the march will take place this morning at the Clock Tower in Northbrook Street in the town centre.

The group have described it like 'a one minute silence that will last much longer.'

It comes just over a week since IS launched co-ordinated gun and bomb attacks in Paris, killing 130 people.

A solidarity march will take place through Newbury this morning Credit: All2gether

“A platform that brings all faiths and no faiths together, where communities collectively stand shoulder to shoulder condemning all terror where innocent victims pay the price. What happened in Paris is deplorable, and at this time we should also reflect on the millions of lives affected in political and economic wars in recent years. You are welcome to join us in this peaceful march sharing the belief that hatred will not divide us".

– Spokesperson for All2gether

The walk will finish in Council Chambers on Market Street, where people can share thoughts in a comments book.

  1. Phil Hornby

The Last Word, November 2015

The world seems a more dangerous place after the events in Paris last weekend. How safe are we in the south and south east? What more should we do? Debating Syria, the terrorist threat, and spending on policing :- John Howell MP, Henley (Con); Naushabah Khan, Medway (Lab); Tim Aker MEP, Thurrock (UKIP).

And it's twenty-five years since the Oxfordshire MP, Michael Heseltine challenged Mrs Thatcher for the leadership. He told us about his memories of those days - and we asked him what does he think of when he lies awake at night?

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