A Derby man has been jailed for five years and three months after travelling to Turkey to try to join so-called Islamic State.

Mudassir Hussain, 31, from Gladstone Street, was detained in Turkey, brought back to the UK and arrested at Heathrow Airport in January this year.

He pleaded guilty at Sheffield Crown Court yesterday to preparing acts of terrorism.

Cabinet Member for Cohesion and Public Protection Councillor Asaf Afzal says,

“It is always re-assuring that our police and security services, working in partnership with other countries can prevent and prosecute individuals who decide to try and go abroad to commit violence. However misguided these actions are, we must remember the vital role the family and community played in this sad incident.

It was the family who alerted the authorities that led to his detention; without their actions a number of lives could have been lost. It is never easy for any family to take such steps, but they were brave and acted for the greater good on behalf of innocent people and the wider community.

I am proud that the community came forward and it proves that despite what is often reported in the national media, our communities are resilient to extremism and to those who seek to undermine the very same values, of togetherness and family, that brought this incident to light.”

If anyone has any concerns about a family member or neighbour please use the following contact numbers:

  • Local Police on 101 (999 if an emergency)
  • Derby City Council on 01332 640000 and ask for the Community Safety team