Counter terrorism campaign backed by Cambridgeshire Police

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A national counter terrorism campaign designed to help prevent people travelling to Syria has been supported by Cambridgeshire Police.

In the last year, 22 women and girls have been reported missing to police across the UK by families who feared they have travelled to Syria, putting them in serious danger and leaving their families devastated.

The campaign, which involves radio and press adverts in minority ethnic media across the country, was launched yesterday, (Monday, March 16).

By encouraging mothers to talk with their daughters, it is hoped that potential interest in travelling to Syria will be picked up at an early stage and that the mother will be able to take action, either by challenging the misconceptions or seeking help from other agencies, including the police.

Families are also encouraged to reach specially trained officers for help and advice by calling 101 or visiting www.preventtragedies.co.uk. This is a dedicated webpage, newly created as a one-stop-shop for concerned families to visit if they would like further information or advice around this issue. The website also provides links to a range to a range of further organisations working in this field.

Leaflets supporting the campaign are also being provided to police forces to distribute locally by Prevent officers and partners.

Regional Prevent co-ordinator, Chief Inspector Matt Thompson, said: “I fully support this campaign which delivers an important message around the risks of travelling to Syria.

“I would encourage family members and friends to highlight concerns at an early stage so that we can work with them and partners to safeguard people who may be thinking about travelling to Syria, which as a consequence could be putting themselves in danger and out of reach of help and support.”