Sheffield man arrested in counter terrorism probe

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Counter terrorism police have arrested a Sheffield man today in a series of raids across Yorkshire.

The 38-year-old man was among five men arrested by the North East Counter Terrorism Unit this morning on suspicion of fraud.

Police swooped as part of an investigation into alleged fraud by a purported Syrian aid charity.

Two men, aged 32 and 53, from Halifax, were also arrested along with two men, aged 33 and 43, from Dewsbury.

A Counter Terrorism Unit spokesman said: “Officers from the North East Counter Terrorism Unit have this morning arrested five men as part of an ongoing fraud investigation involving charitable funds.

“The men have been arrested on suspicion of fraud by false representation as part of an ongoing enquiry into alleged fraud by a purported Syrian aid charity.

“Six properties and a business premises across South and West Yorkshire are also being searched as part of the investigation.

“The five men have been taken to police stations in South and West Yorkshire for questioning.

“The North East Counter Terrorism Unit is leading this investigation.

“The Charity Commission is supporting the Counter Terrorism Unit as part of this investigation.”