Arrest Threat for Britons Returning from Syria


A Senior Police Chief has said that Britons returning to the UK from Syria could be seen as a threat and stopped at the border for examination. Scotland Yard has said their biggest fear is of some Britons returning as terrorists. In the last month alone, 16 people have been stopped on suspicion of terror offences after traveling between Syria and the UK, compared to a total of 24 in the whole of 2013.

Militants with suspected links to al-Qaeda have been heading to war-torn Syria from many other countries since fighting broke out in 2011. Intelligence officials have estimated that the number of UK nationals among them may be in the low hundreds.

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