Lancashire

Former soldier held at Manchester Airport after Syria return

An ex-soldier, who is believed to have fought in Syria against so-called Islamic State, has been arrested on suspicion of terror offences.

Joe Robinson, 22, from Accrington, Lancashire, said on Facebook he spent months in Syria with Kurdish rebels.

A warrant was issued for his arrest in July when he failed to appear at Burnley Crown Court accused of breaching a court order.

"There is a possibility I may be sent to prison," he said on Facebook.

He had admitted a wounding offence in August last year after breaking a man's jaw and received a 12-month jail term suspended for 24 months.

Writing on his social media pages before his arrest at Manchester Airport, Mr Robinson said: "I left the UK I did not complete my community service or finish paying my fine that I got for an offence I was charged with last year."

Greater Manchester Police confirmed a 22-year-old man from Lancashire was arrested by officers from the North West Counter Terrorism Unit under Section Five of the Terrorism Act.

A police spokesman said : "He has been taken into police custody for questioning."

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