Woman arrested off Turkey flight at Luton airport

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Officers from the Met’s Counter Terrorism Command yesterday arrested a 33-year-old woman at Luton Airport on suspicion of child abduction.

The woman was arrested at approximately 7.45pm as she was entering the UK, having just disembarked a flight from Istanbul, Turkey. Her four children with whom she was travelling were taken into police protection.

The woman and her four children were reported missing to police from their home in Waltham Forest last week and were last seen on Tuesday, 25 August boarding a flight to Amsterdam from London City Airport.

Due to concerns that she was intending to travel to Syria with the children, officers from SO15 issued a public appeal for information on their whereabouts over the weekend.

Officers subsequently received official confirmation on Tuesday, 1 September that they had been detained in Turkey by Turkish authorities.

Enquiries continue.

Anyone who is concerned that a family member may be contemplating travelling to Syria should contact police and partners so that we can intervene and help. For further information and advice, visit the Prevent Tragedies website at www.preventtragedies.co.uk.