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Hayden J orders seizure of schoolgirl’s passport

Local authority fears that she might seek to travel to Syria

Mr Justice Hayden has ordered the seizure of a 16 year old schoolgirl's passport in order to prevent her travelling to Syria.

It is reported that the girl attends school at the Bethnal Green Academy and is believed to be 'close friends' with other students who have already travelled to Syria.

Hayden J also ordered that the passports of the girl's sisters should be seized and returned only for approved journeys.

He said:

"This strikes me as a very minor infringement into their family life in order to prevent the possibility of a very grave ill."

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