West Yorkshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson has urged the people of Dewsbury to show unity (15 Jun 2015)

The West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Mark Burns-Williamson has urged the people of Dewsbury to show unity and stand together after reports of a former resident from the town being involved in a suicide bombing in Iraq.

Police have been made aware of media reports with regard to the death of a British national in Iraq but the identity of the person who has reportedly died has not yet been confirmed.

Mark Burns-Williamson, said:
"I am obviously aware of the media reports and what I do know is that there is a lot of concern and shock from the family and the local area.

"It is at times like this that it is vital that people pull together and support each other and show unity in the face of adversity.

"I am working with West Yorkshire Police and partners to ensure the communities we serve are supported and this includes an increased policing presence in the town, offering a reassuring presence as well as help and advice for those who need it. More information can also be found by visiting: www.preventtragedies.co.uk and I am also looking at other programmes that may help.

"Only by working together will we better understand and deal with the dangers posed by radicalisation and travel to places such as Syria and Iraq. I am committed to working alongside West Yorkshire Police with communities and local authorities to highlight these dangers and the profound impact it can have,

If anyone has concerns that a friend or relative may be vulnerable to radicalisation, expressing extreme views or contemplating travelling to Syria and parts of Iraq, it is vital that we work together to try and prevent that person or people from travelling.

Those who travel to Syria and parts of Iraq are likely to witness extreme violence and could become victims of violence themselves. In addition some may be drawn into taking part and committing violent acts themselves.

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