Judge grounds Syria-struck girls


Published: Friday 20th March 2015 by The News Editor

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Five teenage girls who have shown an interest in going to Syria have been barred by a High Court judge from travelling abroad.

Mr Justice Hayden made the girls, two aged 15 and three aged 16, wards of court – a move which prevents them from leaving the jurisdiction of England and Wales.

He made the ruling at a hearing in London after Tower Hamlets local authority raised concerns.

The judge, who directed that the girls could not be identified, also made orders removing their passports and those of a number of adults involved in their care.

The judge said he made the order involving the adults because of evidence that, in at least one other case, young girls had travelled on passports belonging to members of their family.

More importantly, there was evidence suggesting that the family members in the case had not been full and frank with social services, and that the girls had been moving to a more radicalised position.

“It seems to me that that must have been known to the parents and they deliberately did not share it with the authorities who were keen to protect these vulnerable young girls.”

Published: Friday 20th March 2015 by The News Editor

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