Counter-terrorism police release five 'Syrian aid charity' fraud suspects on bail

The five were arrested on Wednesday in Dewsbury, Halifax and Sheffield, and are due to report back to the North East Counter Terrorism Unit in September

A Syrian refugee camp
A Syrian refugee camp

Five men arrested on Wednesday by counter-terrorism police in Yorkshire on suspicion of charity fraud offences have been bailed.

The arrests – two in Dewsbury, two in Halifax and a fifth in Sheffield – took place early on Wednesday morning as part of an inquiry into alleged fraud, involving a purported Syrian aid charity. 

It is understood that the five, who were granted bail on Wednesday evening, will be due to report back to the North East Counter Terrorism Unit, which is leading the investigation, in early September.

A spokeswoman for Nectu said on Wednesday that the unit was trying to ascertain whether the organisation in question, which she could not name, was a genuine charity.

She said she was not aware of any connection to an operation by Kent Police, who are looking into alleged charity fraud with terrorist links.

The force made a total of 12 arrests earlier this year. Nine of the men detained were bailed until September and the other three until October.

Have you registered with us yet?

Register now to enjoy more articles and free email bulletins

Register
Already registered?
Sign in
Follow us on:

Latest Governance Jobs

RSS Feed

Third Sector Insight

Sponsored webcasts, surveys and expert reports from Third Sector partners

Markel

Expert Hub

Insurance advice from Markel

Charity property: could you be entitled to a huge VAT saving?

Charity property: could you be entitled to a huge VAT saving?

Partner Content: Presented By Markel

When a property is being constructed, VAT is charged at the standard rate. But if you're a charity, health body, educational institution, housing association or finance house, the work may well fall into a category that justifies zero-rating - and you could make a massive saving