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2 July 2015, 15:28
Police have released a further statement regarding the missing family of 12 who failed to return to Luton from a holiday in Bangladesh.
Muhammed Abdul Mannan, 75, his wife Minera Khatun, 53, of Spencer Road, Luton, their daughter Rajia Khanom, 21, and sons Mohammed Zayd Hussain, 25, Mohammed Toufique Hussain, 19, Mohammed Abil Kashem Saker, 31, his wife Sheida Khanam, 27, Mohammed Saleh Hussain, 26, and his wife Roshanara Begum, 24, along with three children, aged between one and 12, were reported missing after failing to return home from a holiday in Bangladesh in May.
The below is the latest statement:
"On the day that the family were due to travel to Bangladesh (9 April), one of the members of the party was stopped at Heathrow Airport and was subject to a schedule 7 examination. At the time the schedule 7 was taking place, a search was carried out at their home address in Spencer Road, Luton.
There was no information, either through the schedule 7 or search, which suggested that any of the family were intending to travel to Syria, so they were allowed to travel the following day without any police intervention. While the suggestion is that the party’s current location is in Syria, this remains uncorroborated and our enquiries are continuing.
We are not prepared to comment any further due to the fact there is an on-going investigation."
The party had initially travelled to Bangladesh from Heathrow via Istanbul on 10 April.
They flew back to Istanbul on 11 May and were due to fly back to Heathrow on 14 May. However they failed to return and were reported missing by a relative in Luton on 17 May.
Anyone with any information about the 12 is urged to call police on 101.