Scotland Yard's counter-terrorism chief today appealed to Muslims across the country to help stem the flow of young Britons heading for the fighting in Syria.

Commander Richard Walton warned that a "shocking" number of children are being lured into terrorism.

He said officers were already receiving increasing support from Islamic organisations and families in their struggle to combat radicalisation. But police were "desperate" to obtain further help to prevent vulnerable teenagers and other young Britons becoming involved in the Syrian war.

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