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Football fans urged to lookout for missing baby

Barcelona fans in England for tonight's Champions League tie at Manchester City have been urged to be on the lookout for a missing baby and her parents.

Football fans urged to lookout for missing baby while at the Champions League tie at Manchester City.
Football fans urged to lookout for missing baby while at the Champions League tie at Manchester City. Credit: Richard Sellers/EMPICS Sport

Four-month-old Farah Afzal - who is at the centre of proceedings in the Family Division of the High Court in London - was thought to be in the Spanish city with her father, Mohammed Afzal, 38, and mother, Zainab Rasul, 30.

Council bosses in Harrow, north-west London appealed for help finding Farah.

Ms Hall said the council began care proceedings following Farah's birth as social workers had concerns about her welfare.

Steady stream of Britons joining conflict in Syria

Police today searched a house in Manchester, which was home to a British man who was killed in Syria.

Abu Layth - his family name is understood to be Anil Khalil Raoufi - had travelled to the war-torn joined the fight against President Assad.

ITV News International Correspondent Rageh Omaar reports on the growing number of young British men choosing to take part in the conflict:


Mother of Brit 'killed in Syria' 'key part' of local community

Anil Raoufi reportedly came to the UK from Afghanistan some 10 years ago.

The mother of a British man who is reported to have been killed in Syria has been described as "very much involved in the local community."

A neighbour in the Manchester suburb Didsbury said Anil Raoufi's father was rarely seen as he would sleep during the day and work at night but the mother was very visible.

"Kamala is a gorgeous lady, really friendly, tries to integrate in everything." Another neighbour said: "Kamala is a lovely, lovely woman, completely part of the street's life, not at all isolated, since the day they arrived."I'm really shocked."

Anil Raoufi is understood to have enrolled at university and attended a local mosque before going to Syria.

Brit 'killed in Syria' had grown 'introverted'

Officers searched a house linked to student Abu Layth in Didsbury, Manchester

Neighbours of the family of a British man who is believed to have been killed in Syria spoke of their shock today as police carried on searches at the family's detached home on a quiet, tree-lined street in the affluent Manchester suburb of Didsbury.

But one woman, who did not want to be named, said Abu Layth, whose family name is understood to be Anil Khalil Raoufi, appeared to change from being a "normal" teenager as he grew older.

He had been very friendly and enjoyed football with another youngster on the street but then changed his appearance and habits around three years ago.

"When you spoke to Anil on the street he would not say hello like the others did," she said."He started wearing the robes as well. I was quite frightened of him a little bit. He was not the same."

The father runs two restaurants on Manchester's "Curry Mile" and the mother, Kamala, is a housewife. They are believed to have come to the UK from Afghanistan around 10 years ago and would make usually annual trips back there.

Police provide support to family of Brit 'killed in Syria'

Police investigating the reported death of a British man in Syria said they are carrying out a search of a house in Manchester today.

"As part of this inquiry, officers are also providing support to the family and are speaking to them to understand how a man from the North West came to be reportedly killed in Syria," Detective Chief Inspector Will Chatterton of the north west counter-terrorism unit said.

"As part of the National Prevent Strategy, officers are working to assess how people are drawn into travelling to Syria to become involved in conflict and how to prevent others doing the same.

"We know that some have already lost their lives or been detained by the regime and badly treated.

"It is vital that anyone who has concerns that someone may be considering such travel informs the authorities," said Inspector Chatterton.

Anti-fracking protesters head to Barton Moss for march

Anti-fracking protesters are heading up to Barton Moss on the outskirts of Manchester to join a demonstration.

There have been regular protests at the proposed fracking site where energy firm iGas has started exploratory work.


Manchester suburb is UK's most burgled postcode

The M21 postcode was the most burgled in Britain last year, according to online insurance data. Credit: Google Maps

The top 20 burglary hotspots in the UK have been revealed, with part of Manchester the worst in the country and 12 London postcodes in the list.

According to insurance claim figures, people living in the M21 postcode are most likely to have been hit, with 45.2 claims per thousand people.

But Herne Hill and Tulse Hill in SE24 in London were close behind with 41.8, and Muswell Hill in N10 chalked up 40.9.

The figures came from 3.1 million home insurance quotes submitted to website over the course of a year.

See the full top 20 postcodes here

Level of violence in ex-girlfriend's murder 'shocking'

Greater Manchester Police called the level of violence during Michael Cope's attack on Linzi Ashton "shocking" and that "nobody deserves such a fate".

Superintendent Wayne Miller said today: “The family of Linzi Ashton remain heartbroken by what has happened. Michael Cope not only took away a life in its prime, he has deprived two young girls of their mother.

Michael Cope's mug shot.
Michael Cope has been jailed for life for the murder of his ex-girlfriend Linzi Ashton. Credit: Greater Manchester Police/PA Wire

“Linzi suffered a history of domestic abuse with Cope, who wanted to manipulate her and wanted to control her. He was already wanted by the police when he carried out this hideous act.

“We continue to learn lessons to better protect victims of domestic abuse and give victim’s the confidence to report. We await the outcome of the IPCC [Independent Police Complaints Commission] investigation."

Read: Jealous ex-boyfriend jailed for murder of mother-of-two

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