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Syrian refugees to hold fundraising dinner in Coventry

Syrian refugees who have now settled in Coventry will be holding a fundraising dinner later tonight to raise money for people in need in the city.

Preparations for the dinner at St Peter's Centre in Hillfields have been going on for several days - and many of those taking part say it's a way to thank Coventry fora allowing them to start a new life.

Calls for action over man arrested after fighting IS

Supporters of a man who left Britain to go and fight the so-called Islamic State, are calling for all criminal proceedings against him to be dropped.

Aiden Aslin, from Newark in Nottinghamshire, flew out to Syria last year to go and fight alongside Kurdish forces.

He was arrested when he returned to the UK last month.

Today campaigners held a demonstration, demanding he face no further action.

Phil Brewster reports:


Pair bailed following arrests for Syria terror offences

Police made one arrest at Gatwick Airport on Monday. Credit: PA

Two people from Birmingham arrested by counter-terrorism police over Syria-related offences have been bailed.

The 24-year-old was detained on Monday morning at Gatwick Airport.

A 20-year-old woman who was arrested at an address in west London has also been released on bail.

They were arrested on suspicion of engaging in conduct in preparation for travelling to Syria.

West Midlands Police said they were "bailed with strict conditions until a later date while inquiries take place".

Protest over charges against Syria fighter from Newark

Aidan Aslin Credit: ITV News Central

A demonstration will be staged later today by campaigners calling for the authorities to drop criminal proceedings against a man from Newark who fought against so-called Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.

22-year-old Aidan Aslin was fighting alongside Kurdish forces last year.

He was arrested upon his return to the UK in February, but campaigners are calling for him to be released from bail and to face no further action.

Second arrest in Coventry over Syria terror offences

A second arrest has been made in Coventry Credit: PA

A second person was arrested in Coventry this afternoon on suspicion of Syria-related terrorism offences.

The 29-year-old man was detained by officers from the force’s counter terrorism unit.

Officers are continuing with searches at three addresses in the Foleshill and Radford areas of the city in connection with the investigation.

The searches are being made under terrorism legislation.

A 28-year-old woman arrested earlier today has been bailed with strict conditions pending further enquiries.

The latest arrest was pre-planned and intelligence led and there is no risk to public safety.

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