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Children of mother who tried to move family to Syria taken into care

Mother had contact with Islamic State members

In Leicester City Council v T [2016] EWFC 20 the High Court has ruled that the three children of a Leicester woman who tried to take them to Isis-controlled territory must live with their grandmother.

The mother was arrested at Birmingham Airport having checked in nine suitcases on a flight to Munich. The mother's initial account was that she and the children were taking a holiday to see their father in Munich from where they were to travel to France.  Information however located in the mother's luggage showed an itinerary which contradicted this and showed onward travel from Munich to Istanbul where she had booked three nights' accommodation with the children and her husband. He is believed to be in Chechnya with a terrorist group.

Examination of electronic devices and mobile phones at the family's home indicated that the mother had been in conversation with a large number of people known to be linked to Islamic State. One particular individual is known to be a prominent member of Islamic State.

Mr Justice Keehan said that returning to the mother's care would not be in the best interests of the children, aged between four and 12. Instead he ordered that they remain in the care of their maternal grandparents. No specific order was made in respect of contact.

To read the judgment, click here. To read the report in The Guardian, click here.