Man charged under Terrorism Act after 'Syrian aid charity' fraud probe

The 34-year old from Dewsbury, West Yorkshire, was one of five men arrested last year as part of an investigation into the alleged fraud by a purported charity

Aid work in Syria
Aid work in Syria

A man from West Yorkshire who was last year arrested in connection with alleged fraud by a purported Syrian aid charity has been charged with an offence under the Terrorism Act.

In May 2014, five men from Yorkshire were arrested and bailed as part of an investigation of the alleged fraud. All but one – a 34-year-old from Dewsbury – have been released without charge, a statement from the North East Counter Terrorism Unit says.

"The man will appear before Westminster magistrates on 6 May charged with an offence under Section 58 of the Terrorism Act – collecting or making a record of information of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism," the statement says.

A spokeswoman for Nectu said the police would not name the purported charity, nor say whether or not it was a genuine charity. Nectu has also not named the man, who was charged on 22 April.

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