The Yorkshire Post is reporting that more than a dozen children aged 11 or younger in Yorkshire and the North East were deemed as being at risk of radicalisation by extremist groups last year.
Statistics obtained by The Yorkshire Post reveal that 247 people from the two areas were referred to the Government’s anti-radicalisation programme, Channel, in the year to April.
This is nearly treble the total of 85 from 2012/13, when the Channel scheme was introduced nationwide. Of last year’s total, 123 are under 18 and 14 are under 12 years old…
Talha Asmal, 17, from Dewsbury, is thought to have flown to Syria in March. Two months later he became Britain’s youngest ever suicide bomber after apparently blowing himself up in Iraq.
Days after this, it emerged that 12 members of the Dawood family from Bradford, including nine children, had also travelled to the war-torn country after disappearing during an Islamic pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.
The Channel scheme, where vulnerable people deemed at risk of being drawn into terrorism are offered guidance and support, has seen a large rise in referrals every year across the country since being launched as a pilot. A total of 1,281 people were referred in 2013/14 nationwide, compared with 748 the previous year…
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