Advice issued in wake of counter terror raid in Sheffield

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Advice has been issued to those who want to donate to charity - after a man was arrested by counter terrorism police in Sheffield over alleged fraud by a purported Syrian aid charity.

Officers raided a house in Heeley this week and arrested a 38-year-old man, who has since been bailed.

A Counter Terrorism Unit spokesman said: “The CTU has reiterated safer giving advice issued by the Charity Commission.

“We appreciate that people may wish to support charities who are working to alleviate the crisis in Syria and may be concerned about how to ensure donations reach their intended destination.

“A number of well-established national and local charities are running campaigns to provide humanitarian assistance in Syria.

“It is important that people can make informed choices about which charities to support so that they can feel confident that their contribution will make a difference.

“We would encourage people to visit the Charity Commission’s website to check that a charity is registered and to give to experienced charities that work in high risk environments.

“The Commission’s website also provides advice for anyone wishing to get involved in fundraising or charitable activities connected to Syria.”