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Missing twins 'may be joining brother' in Syria

Twin teenage girls who are thought to have travelled to Syria are "deeply religious Muslims", police understand.

It is understood an older brother has joined the extremist militant group Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (Isis), and one line of inquiry is that the girls may have flown out to join him.

The girls, from a large Somalian family, flew from Manchester International Airport to Turkey which borders Syria where the civil war involving Muslim militants is raging.

Greater Manchester Police said the pair had been in contact with relatives since their departure.

Police: Missing Syria twins 'could pose threat'

Police: Missing Syria twins 'could pose threat'

The twin teenage girls who are thought to have travelled to Syria are "clearly posing a threat to themselves and potentially the community," police investigating their disappearance said.

Detective Chief Superintendent Tony Mole, head of the North West Counter Terrorism Unit which is leading the investigation, said: "First, I want to stress that the welfare of these two teenagers is our overarching priority."

He added: "Two 16-year-old girls left the UK on 26 June 2014 and we believe that they have since entered Syria."

At this stage he said police don't know the location of the girls, whom ITV News understands are called Salma and Zahra Halane. Officers were trying to establish who they are with.


Police investigating funding for twins' Syria travel

Police investigating the disappearance of twin 16-year-old girls who are feared to have fled their home in Manchester to travel to Syria to join Islamist militants from Isis are looking into who funded the trip.

Watch:Isis Briton: 'I want to die for the sake of Allah'

Good Morning Britain Chief Correspondent Richard Gaisford reports that the girls may have travelled there to become "Jihadi brides".


In Manchester @gmb. Police want to know who funded trip for 16 yr old twin girls to become 'jihadi brides' in Syria


More: Fears for Manchester sisters, 16, who have 'flown to Syria'


Police 'attempting to locate' missing Manchester girls

Greater Manchester Police said it's unable to confirm the location of the girls and their investigation aims to establish their safety and find out why they've travelled abroad.

On Thursday 26 June 2014, Greater Manchester Police received a report that two 16-year-old girls were missing from their home in Manchester.

"The girls flew from Manchester International Airport to Turkey. Since their departure the girls have been in contact with their family.

"We are attempting to confirm their current location and secure the well being of both girls.

"Officers are also providing regular support to the family."

– Greater Manchester Police

Fears for Manchester schoolgirls who have 'flown to Syria'

Teenage twin sisters from Manchester have left their home and secretly flown to Syria, it was reported today.

The Sun Newspaper said it is feared the Muslim schoolgirls, aged 16, have joined other Britons who are involved in the sectarian violence there.

The girls — thought to be originally from Somalia — are said to be “extremely religious” Muslims.

The Sun on Sunday reported they travelled to Syria via Turkey following in the footsteps of an elder brother.

It's understood Greater Manchester Police are investigating the girls' disappearance.

Violent drinking culture 'endemic across the UK'

City centres littered with aggressive drunk revellers have become "endemic across the UK", not just in Manchester, a senior member of Greater Manchester Police told Good Morning Britain.

Inspector Ian Hanson was speaking after he made comments about avoiding Manchester city centre at night because there were too many drunk people and not enough police.

However, he said if "we are being realistic" alcohol-fuelled violence was "ingrained across the UK", not just in Manchester.


Safety in Manchester city centre 'at crisis point'

A senior member of Greater Manchester police has warned the drunken behaviour has become so bad, public safety is "at crisis point" and "sooner or later something horrific is going to happen".

I would not be there past midnight now. I do not believe it is safe there. The situation is at crisis point.

We have got the fastest-growing night-time economy outside London with a new bar opening every weekend. There are a quarter of a million people coming into the city centre to enjoy themselves.

But at four in the morning we will have just half a dozen police officers on duty in the city centre, or even as few as four officers, which is beyond belief.

Cops are getting called to nightclubs to break up fights at 6am on a Sunday morning....Sooner or later something horrific is going to happen.

– Inspector Ian Hanson

Manchester city centre 'too dangerous' for police

Manchester city centre is too dangerous for police after midnight who blamed 24-hour drinking laws for creating alcohol fuelled mayhem.

Greater Manchester Police
Inspector Hanson said the police presence on the streets overnight was stretched thin by cuts. Credit: PA

Inspector Ian Hanson pointed to a more continental-style of drinking laws adopted in 2005 for the chaos "spiralling out of control".

Insp Hanson, 47, said he would no longer go into central Manchester late at night when the weekend drinking culture is in full swing at the city’s 300 pubs, bars and nightclubs.

Hanson, who chairs the local police federation, also blamed an overstretched force which needed more money and more resources to get the city centre back under control.

Read: Police urge City revellers to bey 'on-street alcohol ban'

Man, 31, arrested over Parklife festival punch death

A 31-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murdering a festival-goer in a row over an inflatable doll.

Robert Hart, 26, was punched to the ground at the Parklife music event in Heaton Park, Manchester, last Saturday after an altercation triggered by an inflatable doll striking his girlfriend, Gemma.

The pair were at the front of the festival's main stage when the incident took place at about 9.15pm.

Avid Manchester City fan Mr Hart, from Macclesfield, Cheshire, was knocked unconscious and later died in hospital.

Police said the suspect was arrested in Cheshire today and is being questioned in custody.

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