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Anyone returning from Syria faces arrest: UK police

Published on Jan 25, 2014 9:42 PM

LONDON (AFP) - Anyone travelling from the UK to Syria faces arrest on their return, a senior police chief warned on Saturday, fearing they pose a terror threat to Britain.

Manchester's police chief Peter Fahy, who leads the Association of Chief Police Officers' "Prevent" counter-terror strategy, said there was a "huge concern" about people travelling to Syria to fight in its civil war.

Sixteen people have been arrested on suspicion of terror offences this month after returning from Syria, compared with 24 in the whole of last year, the BBC reported.

Syria "is an incredibly dangerous place and you will be arrested and stopped at the border if you try and come back", Mr Fahy told BBC radio.

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