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Family plead with teenager to return home

Avon and Somerset police fear a schoolgirl missing from Easton in Bristol may be attempting to get to Syria after becoming radicalised. The 15-year-old Somalian, who hasn't been named, has been tracked by police and is believed to be in Turkey. Officers are now keen to stop her before she crosses the border into Syria. Hibaq Jama, a councillor for the Lawrence Hill area of Bristol has been with the girl's family tonight and made this statement:


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Family of missing Bristol teen urge her to come home

The family of a 15-year-old girl who is believed to be attempoting to travel to Syria, have urged her to return home to Bristol.

A spokeswoman, Hibaq Jama, read this message on behalf of the family:

Please come back, we miss you very much. You are not in any trouble. We just want you to be safe and to come home as soon as possible.

– family message

Missing Bristol girl "may have been radicalised"

Police say a missing 15 year old Somali girl from Bristol may be attempting to get to Syria.

It's understood the teenager has travelled to Turkey.

Assistant Chief Constable Louisa Rolfe said there are indications the girl "may have been radicalised".

“Since she was reported missing by her parents we’ve carried out extensive work to trace her footsteps from the time she left home to her arrival in Turkey. We’re giving every support we can to her family; we want to find out where she is and encourage her to return safely. Our officers are working closely with the Metropolitan Police and their network of international liaison officers to find her.

“There are indications she may have been radicalised but at the moment our priority is to find her before she crosses the border to Syria and make sure she is safe.

“We must all be vigilant and ready to spot the signs of radicalisation. Often, young Muslims who go to Syria hold can be naïve and don’t recognise that they are being sucked into joining extremist groups. This is not about criminalising these young people, it’s about preventing tragedies.”

– Louisa Rolfe, Avon and Somerset Police

Concern over young from the west fighting in Syria

Police and community groups have been discussing concerns for young people from the region travelling to join the conflict in Syria.

Around 20 people from the West are currently working in the country and families are being warned of the dangers of radicalisation.

The authorities are stressing it's not about criminalising relatives, it's to try to prevent a tragedy.


Giant heart to raise money for Syria

Giant heart to raise money for Syria Credit: Oxfam

A giant heart in support of people in Syria will be moved from Cornwall to Gloucestershire today. The art piece has been made up from two thousand flags and will be raising money for refugees in the country. The flags were started to be put into place at 7 this morning in Chalford near Stroud.

South Swindon MP against 'boots on the ground'

Robert Buckland. Credit: ITV News West Country

The Conservative MP for South Swindon Robert Buckland has told ITV News West Country he is totally against anything that commits the UK to putting ‘boots on the ground’ or to taking part in an operation on anything like the scale of Iraq.

He said he was deeply cautious and sceptical about wholesale engagement without any timescale or exit strategy, and that is why he will be listening very carefully to what is being proposed in Parliament on Thursday.

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