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Cops admit parents of Bethnal Green students didn’t know about terror operation

Issue No. 2444

The parents of three London teenagers assumed to have travelled to Syria to join Isis have demanded a formal apology from the police. 

The police claimed the families knew their children were already part of a counter-terrorism investigation. But cops were forced to retract their earlier claim, after admitting they’d only sent letters to the parents via the school students who didn’t pass them on. 

Fahmida Aziz, the cousin of one of the school students Kadiza Sultana, explained that she had lost faith in the police. “They have really failed us,” she said.

The row over the police’s treatment of the families came as a former Muslim chief superintendent denounced the Prevent strategy. Dal Babu said it had become “a toxic brand” and that many Muslims saw it as a form of spying.

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