Published On: Tue, Apr 7th, 2015 on 2:34 pm

Two teens from Dewsbury believed to have travelled to Syria

Two 17-year-old boys from Dewsbury have travelled to Syria, it is believed.

Syrian Conflict

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The boys, who disappeared last week, were last seen by their families early on 31 March and are believed to have boarded a Thomas Cook flight at Manchester Airport later that day to Dalaman in Turkey.

Police have since been supporting the family and carrying out extensive enquiries alongside the North East Counter Terrorism Unit.

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Milsom, of West Yorkshire Police, said: “We are extremely concerned for the safety of these two boys and would urge anyone with information to come forward and speak to us.

“Our priority is for their safe return; their families are gravely worried about them and want them home.”

An extremely dangerous place

ACC Milsom said: “Syria is an extremely dangerous place and the public will be aware of the dangers these boys may face. The choice of returning home from Syria is often taken away from those that come under the control of Islamic State, leaving their families in the UK devastated and with very few options to secure their safe return.

“Anyone who is concerned that a friend, family or relative may be contemplating travelling to Syria can discuss with the local police or local authorities safeguarding units either by contacting 101 or attending their local neighbourhood Policing teams.

“By discussing with local officers, they can intervene and provide families with support and advice. Our priority is to keep our communities safe and deter them away from areas of danger such as Syria.

“This is not about criminalising people. It is about preventing tragedies by offering support to communities, families, young and vulnerable people.”

Anyone with any information about should call the police immediately on 101 or the confidential Anti Terrorist Hotline on 0800 789 321.

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