The Home Secretary said she was aware that British residents had gone to Somalia and Syria for training and to fight alongside organisations linked to al-Qaeda. If they return to the UK they could pose a potential terorrist threat, she said. What we have seen for some time now is certainly people here in the UK travelling out, a limited number of people, people travelling out to Somalia, were now seeing people travelling out to Syria. Some of those are potential terrorists who will get training, potentially for obviously, in some cases actually engage in conflict and then potentially return to the UK, she told the BBCs Andrew Marr show. She added: These are potential terrorists but these are people who are going, particularly in relation to Syria, the foreign fighters who go to Syria, some of whom will be of a Jihadist mindset and they will be potential terrorists. The Home Secretary has secretly stripped British citizenship from members of an alleged London cell linked to the al-Shabaab terrorist group. At least four men with links to the organisation behind the Kenyan shopping centre massacre have had their passports removed on security grounds. Mrs May refused to rule out that British shopping centres could be vulnerable to similar attacks but indicated the possibility was high on the agenda of the police and security services. When we came in to government, we looked at this issue of potential fire arms attack. “Obviously, there had been previously, in Mumbai, the firearms terrorist attack. “We have increased the ability of the police to deal with those sorts of attacks, the number of armed response vehicles, the number of specially trained fire arms officers. But of course, we keep looking at these issues to make sure that we are doing all that we can to keep people safe, she said. Mrs May will this week unveil the National Crime Agency charged with tackling organised crime, cyber crime, economic fraudfight fraud and strengthening our borders. The Home Secretary is also planning to put immigration enforcement officers in every main police station as part of a crackdown on foreign criminals. The Home Office estimates there are some 5,500 organised crime groups in the UK, with a quarter of them made up of overseas nationals. Labours Home Affairs spokesman Chris Bryant MP said: Theresa May is still failing on immigration and this Bill is not going to address some of the biggest problems.
UK Imams agree to perform underage marriages
Photo: ITV Exposure Religious leaders appeared willing to agree to perform underage marriages at some mosques across the UK, an ITV investigation has discovered. Two undercover reporters called 56 mosques for Exposure to ask whether they would perform the marriage of a 14-year-old girl. Two-thirds of those contacted refused to perform the marriage, and many of them made clear they found the request abhorrent. But 18 of the respondents spoken to agreed. An undercover reporter called the Al Quba Mosque and Shahporan Islamic centre, in Manchester, posing as a single mother who wanted to have an Islamic marriage, known as a nikah, for her 14-year-old daughter. The Imam at this mainstream mosque, with a congregation of one thousand, told her “that’s not going to be a problem”. The Al Quba Mosque and Shahporan Islamic centre and the Imam were approached for comment but have not responded to the programme. Around 400 schoolchildren mainly girls from South Asian communities – are forced into marriage every year in the UK, according to official Government figures. The vast majority of forced marriages of British children happen abroad, according to official statistics. But the Exposure investigation has been told by experts in the field that children as young as 10 are being forced into marriage in the UK. “Meera” said she was married in the UK when she was 15-years-old. She told the programme she found the experience so devastating that she has not been able to tell her friends or family, and she remains trapped in her forced marriage, 40 years on. Nazir Afzal, Chief Crown Prosecutor for the CPS North West, told Exposure that “forced marriage is probably the last form of slavery in the UK”. He said: The law in this country is very straight forward, that you cant marry until youre 16, also that you cant engage in sexual activity consensually until you are the age of 16. Watch Exposure: Forced to Marry on ITV at 10.35pm on Wednesday October 9.