JIHADI JACK'S PARENTS CHARGED WITH TERROR OFFENCES

JIHADI JACK’S PARENTS CHARGED WITH TERROR OFFENCES

The white, middle-class parents of a suspected ISIS convert dubbed ‘Jihadi Jack’ have been charged with terrorism offences.

Organic farmer John Letts and wife Sally Lane were arrested earlier this year for allegedly trying to send their son Jack money, and have now been charged with multiple terror offences.

Jack Letts, 20, has been dubbed ‘Jihadi Jack’ by pals after leaving his posh Oxford home to travel to Syria, where the bearded youngster is suspected of having joined the terror group.

He has posted pictures of himself in combat clothing posing near what is believed to be the Taqba Dam in war-torn Syria.

John, a leading organic farmer, has appeared on Countryfile and the 55-year-old has also won a Prince Charles grant to help preserve crop biodiversity.

Jack’s mother Sally, 53, is a books editor while Canadian-born John is one of the country’s leading archaeobotanists, specialising in ancient grains.

The pair have strongly denied their son’s ties to the barbaric terrorist organisation.

It is understood the pair, from Grandpoint, Oxon., were distraught when lanky Jack converted to Islam and ran off to Syra in 2014, aged just 18.

Yesterday (Weds), the South East Counter Terrorism Unit (SECTU) said John charged with three counts of entering into or becoming concerned in an arrangement to make available money, knowing or having reasonable cause to suspect that it may be used for a terrorist purpose contrary to section 17 Terrorism Act 2000.

His wife Sally was charged with three counts of entering into or becoming concerned in an arrangement to make available money, knowing or having reasonable cause to suspect that it may be used for a terrorist purpose contrary to section 17 Terrorism Act 2000.

She was also charged with two counts of attempting to provide money, knowing or having reasonable cause to suspect that it may be used for a terrorist purpose Contrary to section 1(1) Criminal Attempts Act 1981 and section 15(3) Terrorism Act 2000.

The couple have been released on bail to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on June 9.

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    • After originally starting her journalism career at local paper the Leicester Mercury, Laura moved to Bristol to become a senior reporter at SWNS. She now runs the ‘Sell Us Your Story’ website, gathering different stories and undertaking general reporting and copywriting duties.

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