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IS schoolgirl Shamina Begum 'can expect to be spoken to' if she returns to the UK

IS schoolgirl Shamima Begum could be arrested and investigated if she returns to the UK, the Met Commissioner has said.

Shamima Begum

Cressida Dick said the 19-year-old could expect to be "spoken to" if she comes back to Britain.

The initial police stance when Shamima Begum left Bethnal Green in 2015 was that she may be treated as a victim of grooming, but the Scotland Yard chief said on Tuesday: "We're a long way down the road since then."

Ms Begum fled her east London home aged 15 to travel to Syria to support IS, but now wishes to return home for the sake of her third child, who was born at the weekend. Her two older children have died.

Shamima Begum

If she does, under whatever circumstances, arrive at our borders, somebody in her type of circumstances could expect, of course, to be spoken to and, if there is the appropriate necessity, to be potentially arrested and certainly investigated. If that results in sufficient evidence for a prosecution then it will result in sufficient evidence for a prosecution. The officers will deal with whatever they are confronted with.

– Cressida Dick, Met Police Commissioner