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Dorset Police Issue Warning Over Travelling To Syria


12:40pm 24th April 2014

Dorset Police are adding their weight to a national campaign aimed at getting woman to make sure their loved ones don't join the conflict in Syria.

There's been a rise in the number of Britons being arrested after going to fight against President Assad's regime.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office advise against all travel to the country and warns that anyone who does travel is putting themselves in considerable danger.

It has been recognised that while some youngsters want to travel to fight in the conflict, many others want to offer aid and support to the Syrian people.

The advice is to donate to registered charities which have experience of providing humanitarian assistance in high risk, insecure and dangerous environments and which have ongoing relief operations in Syria and/or neighbouring countries, such as the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) or its member charities.

Ian Ison, prevention team manager at Dorset Police, said: "There is widespread concern about the situation in Syria and other conflict zones and the way that some will be driven to travel there to engage in humanitarian work or to take part in the fighting.

"There are ways to support the Syrian people more effectively where aid will get to where it is most needed. We advise people not to travel to Syria in line with Foreign and Commonwealth Office advice.

"By travelling to Syria, individuals will be causing distress and anxiety to their families and friends. It is vital that anyone who has concerns that someone may be considering such travel contacts Dorset Police on 101 so we can help reduce the risk to their safety.

"UK nationals who travel to Syria will attract the attention of UK authorities because we know that a number of extremist groups are operating in Syria.

"Some people who travel from the UK to fight will pose a security threat when they return. The police are working closely with partners to identify and disrupt potential threats."

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