Police are investigating reports that three young girls from Tower Hamlets, Kadiza Sultana aged 16, Shamima Begum and Amira Abase aged 15, have disappeared from their homes and are believed to be travelling to the Turkish/Syrian border to join the self-styled Islamic State.
The girls boarded a Turkish Airlines flight at Gatwick on Tuesday 17 February. UK police officers have travelled to Turkey to assist.
Cllr Rachael Saunders, Leader of Tower Hamlets Labour Group and Shiria Khatun, Deputy Leader, said:
“The girls’ safety is our primary concern and we urge anyone with information on these vulnerable girls to come forward and share that information with the police.
“We are also deeply concerned how these young girls were able to leave the UK and travel to Turkey.
“We all have a role to play in supporting parents, families, schools and our wider community to increase resilience to the threat to our safety created by those who seek to spread hate. Safeguarding our young people is of the utmost priority. Anyone with teenagers in their family will have been holding them a little bit closer over the past few days. Our thoughts are with the families of the three girls."
Police are encouraging anyone who has any information on this to contact the anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321.