Missing Schoolgirls: UK Police Arrive In Turkey – Sky News

The school attended by three teenage girls who are believed to be heading to Syria had “no evidence” they were being radicalised or might abscond – despite another pupil leaving to join Islamic State in December.

Classmates of Shamima Begum, 15, Kadiza Sultana, 16, and Amira Abase, 15, have now returned to Bethnal Green Academy following half-term.

The trio disappeared last week – two months after a fellow pupil is thought to have left to join IS in Syria.

Principal Mark Keary revealed that police had spoken to Shamima, Kadiza and Amira¬†at the time and found “no evidence that the girls were at risk of being radicalised or absconding”.

Staff at the school were briefed by police upon their return to work, Mr Keary said, while all pupils have been offered agency support.


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He added: “From the increasing number of similar news reports around the world, it is clear that this is an international issue which is increasing in severity and it’s affecting schools across the country and beyond.

“We are constantly reviewing our safeguarding procedures.”

Mr Keary¬†said social media was “strictly regulated” at the school – with no access to Facebook or Twitter.


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This follows the revelation that a tweet from an account under Shamima’s name was sent to Aqsa Mahmood, who left Glasgow for Syria to be a so-called jihadi bride in 2013.

Aamer Anwar, the lawyer representing Aqsa’s family, told Sky News that security authorities were not passing on intelligence which could allow families to prevent their children from travelling to Syria or Iraq.

These failings mean the UK is “exporting terror” abroad, he said.

Missing Schoolgirls: UK Police Arrive In Turkey – Sky News

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