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Ex-Yorkshire Marine is first Brit killed fighting Islamic State

A former Royal Marine has become the first Briton to be killed while fighting against Islamic State in Syria.

The body of Konstandinos Erik Scurfield, from Barnsley, has now been brought home. He has been hailed a "hero" by the Kurdish community here in Britain.

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Barnsley MP spoke to Foreign Office last month about safety of former Marine killed fighting IS

Barnsley Central MP Dan Jarvis has revealed that he was contacted by the family of the former Royal Marine, who has been killed fighting against Islamic State, several weeks ago because they were concerned for his safety.

Dan Jarvis, Barnsley Central's MP. Credit: ITV Yorkshire

"My first thoughts are with the Scurfield family. They came to me a few weeks ago very worried for their son's safety and tragically it appears their worst fears have been realised.

"I have been in touch with them this morning and will be doing all I can to support them as their local Member of Parliament.

"It is important to remember that these are still only reports and we don't have all the information yet.

"Erik was an experienced former Royal Marine who was horrified by the atrocities being carried out by ISIS.

"His family's understanding was that he travelled to Syria hoping to provide medical and humanitarian support as an expert in battlefield medicine.

"The Foreign Office are clear that the situation in Iraq and Syria is very dangerous and that people should not travel to the region.

"There is an issue that needs to be addressed as Erik was certainly not the first person to travel to Syria to join forces resisting ISIS.

"There have been several reports of other British civilians doing the same thing, but the Government confirmed when I recently raised this issue in Parliament that there is currently no system to monitor or record people going to the region with the aim of joining the fight against ISIS.

"I wrote to the Foreign Office regarding this issue some weeks ago and will be now following up that letter in light on these events."

– Dan Jarvis MP. Barnsley Central

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