DEWSBURY hit the headlines for the wrong reasons again – and just as the BBC visited for an election special.
Radio 5 Live presenter Peter Allen was broadcasting from the town’s market on Wednesday as news of another terrorism connection was sinking in.
One of two 17-year-old boys feared to have fled to Syria is believed to be the brother of Hammaad Munshi, right, who was Britain’s youngest convicted terrorist when found guilty of terror offences at the age of 18 in 2008.
And it comes almost 10 years on from the terrorist atrocities in London on July 7, 2005.
Suicide bomber and ringleader Mohammed Siddique Khan, originally of Leeds, lived in Thornhill Lees.
Meanwhile, Munshi was only 15 when he joined a cell of fanatics who targeted the Royal Family.
He was arrested on his way home from a chemistry exam at Westborough High School in 2006.
Munshi had in one of his pockets two bags of ball-bearings – key material for a suicide vest.
He had painstakingly scoured the internet for details on how to make napalm, grenades and detonators. Munshi also had a library of videos, documents and audio clips showing acts of jihad, mujaheddin fighters and Al-Qaeda propaganda.
He claimed he was just curious, but handwritten notes under his bed revealed a desire for martrydom.
Munshi was convicted of making a record of information likely to be used for terrorist purposes, but cleared of possessing terrorist material.
Influenced by online extremists, Munshi was sent to a young offenders’ institution for two years.