Asif Malik (top left) and Sara Kiran (top row, middle) and their children
POLICE are appealing for information on a family with four children who may have travelled to Syria.
Thames Valley Police say Asif Malik, his partner, Sara Kiran, and four children aged between 12 months and 7 years old have not been seen in England since early April.
The family from Slough were reported missing to police on Thursday (16). The couple left without mentioning any holiday or travel plans to family members, which is entirely out of character for this family.
Through investigations it has been established that the family boarded a ferry from Dover to Calais, France, at 00.30am on Wednesday April 8. Further enquiries suggest that the family have then travelled south through Europe, possibly by train. Police also believe the family may have travelled through Budapest, Hungary, on or around Sunday April 12.
Thames Valley Police Acting Deputy Chief Constable, John Campbell said: “We are extremely concerned for the safety of this family, especially the four young children.
“We are reaching out to Asif and Sara, in the hope that they hear our messages and we encourage them to make contact with us so we can return them safely to their families who are extremely worried about them.
“We would urge anyone with information about the family’s whereabouts to come forward and speak to police so the family can safely return to the UK. Anyone with information should call Thames Valley Police on 101 quoting reference number 342 (19/4).
“Police have been working with the family of Asif and our colleagues and partners since they were reported missing in an attempt to locate the family and return them to their loved ones.
“We are concerned about anyone who has or is intending to travel to the part of Syria that is controlled by the terrorist group calling themselves Islamic State. It is an extremely dangerous place and not a place where young children should be taken.”