VIDEO: Mosque chairman advises against aid trips to Syria

The chairman of the Broadfield Mosque, Crawley, has called on people not to take part in any aid convoys to Syria.

Arif Syed was speaking after last week’s counter terrorism searched of homes in Langley Green and Three Bridges which were carried out following a suicide bombing in the war town country.

Mohammed Jamil and Arif Syed (Pic by Jon Rigby)

Mohammed Jamil and Arif Syed (Pic by Jon Rigby)

Officers from the South East Counter Terrorism Unit (SECTU) investigated the involvement of Crawley man Abdul Waheed Majid, 41, who is suspected of driving a lorry of explosives into a prison in Aleppo.

Insisting there was no terrorist cell in Crawley, Mr Syed described a recent meeting with “a lot of positive people” at which the anxieties of some sections of the community were discussed.

Mr Syed said: “I can assure you there is no terrorist cell taking place or happening or forming in Crawley.

“Crawley is a peaceful town. We have worked very hard for the last 10 years.

“We’ve identified there have been times when people need to express their anxieties.

“They need to have a platform where they can take their grievances to and, with other partners - the Crawley Police and the Sussex and Crawley Borough councils - we have held various conferences in the last 10 years.

“One actually took place last Thursday and in there we had a Foreign Office presence, we had a UK Development Officer present...all sorts of good, positive people were there.

“We embrace the advice from the Foreign Office that Syria is a dangerous place to travel.

“We have sent a couple of convoys before but now we are advising all of our youngsters and other youth not to come to Syria.”