Muslim from Bedford found guilty of terrorism

A would-be jihadist who planned to leave his pregnant wife at home in Bedford while he travelled to Syria to fight has convicted of terrorism.

Naseer Mirza Taj, 26, of Tudor Court, Victoria Road, plotted to join Islamic State, or Daesh, by travelling to Syria via Istanbul in Turkey on 31 December 2014, but was arrested two days before he was set to leave.

He was further arrested by Bedfordshire Police in May 2015 after trying to obtain fraudulent travel documents in a bid to flee the country after his passport had been seized following his initial arrest.