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North Yorks Police working to prevent terrorism

Preventing people from becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism forms a key part of activity across North Yorkshire today, on day three of National Counter Terrorism Awareness Week.

In addition to ongoing Prevent work across the force area, Prevent Officers and Neighbourhood Policing Teams will be taking part in a range of activities in support of the national awareness campaign. These include engagement events and workshops at colleges, universities, community centres and city centre sites. Briefings about Prevent and the Channel Project are also being delivered to youth groups, police officers, secondary school teachers, leaders of local religious groups and public sector organisations.

Police also remain deeply concerned about the numbers of young people travelling to Syria to join the conflict. Due to serious safety concerns, travel to Syria for any purpose is strongly discouraged by the UK authorities. Information about the risks, and how to offer safe and legal support through registered charities, will be distributed throughout the week.

On a daily basis, Prevent officers work very hard with all sections of the community to strengthen their resilience to negative influences.

This week we are stepping up our engagement activity further, to try and increase public awareness about the risks of radicalisation and what we can do to help.

– Assistant Chief Constable Paul Kennedy, of North Yorkshire Police
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Slow-motion video of explosion in train carriage

Researchers at Newcastle University have released this footage of controlled explosions in London Underground carriages.

The first explosion shows a decommissioned carriage similar to that targeted by terrorists on the London Underground in 2005.

The second explosion is on a prototype carriage that has been redesigned by engineers to provide better protection for passengers.


Family of hostage release statement

The family of a gas worker from Teesside who was taken hostage by terrorists in Algeria have spoken of their relief after the ordeal.

Darren Matthews, from Loftus, was released from the gas plant on Friday. His family have released the follow statement:

We have been extremely worried about Darren and we are pleased and relieved to learn that he is safe and well. We look forward to having him home soon.

We ask that the media respect our privacy at this difficult time.

– Family of Darren Matthews

Man bailed over "Oslo threat" claim

A man who allegedly threatened to bomb Asian restaurants and carry out an "Oslo-style" attack has been arrested, according to a group which monitors the English Defence League.

Northumbria Police said a 29-year-old man from South Shields, South Tyneside, was held for questioning on Saturday on suspicion of assault and possessing racially inflammatory material.

According to the EDLNews website, the man posted on Facebook that he had "got a pipe bomb just 4 Ocean Road"

He has been bailed pending further inquiries.

The writer abused Muslims and then added: "GIVE ME A GUN AN AL DO YOU ALL OSLO STYLE".

The website claimed the man held by police was a member of the EDL.

There is no place for any sort of racial incitement or use of social networking to place inappropriate comments and we take incidents such as this extremely seriously.

I'd like to reassure the public that a full investigation is taking place into this allegation.

– Chief Inspector Michael Barton, Northumbria Police