About 450 jihadis from the UK have tried to join join Islamic State terrorists (ISIS) – before being caught at the Syria border and sent home.
It has emerged that 700 men and women have attempted to join the terror group – which has pledged death and destruction to the West and was behind the Paris massacre which left 130 dead and hundreds more injured.
However, just over half of those radicalised men and women were either spotted by eagle-eyed staff patrolling the Turkey-Syria border and deported back to the UK or returned of their own accord.
While police say those returning pose a “significant” risk to the safety of the UK, rather than be prosecuted, they are being diverted onto a Government-run course called Prevent, which aims to de-radicalise extremists and change their thinking.
Among those forcibly returned to the UK is Waheed Ahmed, the 21-year-old son of Rochdale Labour councillor, Shakil Ahmed.
Waheed Ahmed is now a familiar sight on the streets of Rochadale where he is a student.