Event highlights risks of travel to war-torn Syria

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MORE than 100 people attended a community event held to raise awareness of the risks of travelling to war-torn Syria.

It was held at Southsea’s Friendship Centre in Elm Grove.

Those attending wanted to find out how to help people in their community who may be affected by the crisis in Syria.

City resident Shefali Uddin said: ‘We all need to learn how to talk about these issues especially with young people. My best friend’s cousin went to Syria and was killed out there recently, his family are devastated. I feel really sad for them, especially for his parents who have lost their son.’

Steve Hawkins, from Hampshire police, said: ‘Travelling to Syria is extremely dangerous. Many young people have been killed or injured. Fighters who return are likely to face prosecution under UK law.’

The event was organised by the Safer Portsmouth Partnership.