Charity worker stopped at airport ‘on 50 occasions’
Retirement complex to host info day 50,000 using Peak trails
DEVELOPERS behind a new retirement complex in the town centre are hosting an information day for anyone interested in buying one of the apartments.
Churchill Retirement Living’s Eliot Lodge development, off King Edward Street, is due to be completed later this year and the information day is to be held on Wednesday, January 23.
The building will contain 38 one and two-bedroom privately owned retirement apartments and shared facilities, designed for the over-60s.
Bernadette Hennelly, regional marketing manager for Churchill Retirement Living, said: “Our apartments will offer security, peace of mind and independent living, along with community and support.
“The new development has already sparked a great deal of interest and we’ve had lots of enquiries from over-60s keen to find out more about the benefits of retirement living.”
For more, call 0800 458 1852 or visit www.churchillretirement.co.uk SOME 50,000 people used the Tissington and High Peak trails last year, according to the Peak District National Park Authority.
The former railways have been fitted with sensor technology which counts the number of people passing, detecting walkers and cyclists.
The authority’s bosses say the data shows the value the bridleways bring to the area.
Emma Stone, head of visitor experience development at the Peak District National Park said: “These figures show just how important the national park’s multi-user trails are to our millions of visitors.
“For many, a day’s bike ride with the family or exploring the wildlife and heritage alongside the trails is their first taste of the Peaks, and the accessibility of these routes makes them even more valuable for those who live within our neighbouring towns.” A CHARITY worker from Ashbourne has been stopped by airport police for what he claims is the 50th time.
Ahmed Ali was with his disabled grandmother when officers questioned him for an hour.
He said his elderly gran was upset and his wife was in tears after hearing of the incident.
Mr Ali, who was stopped at Birmingham airport as he flew back from a pilgrimage, said he fears police are using “illegal profiling” to decide who to stop.
He said: “It was an absolute nightmare. It’s getting really annoying. It’s just broken. They [police] are a law of their own. I’ve been stopped with my kids and my family but this time it was with my grandma and it ruined her pilgrimage.
“It was the first time she has been stopped and she was really upset.”
Mr Ali, who works in Derby for the international aid charity Unite4humanity, was travelling home from Mecca, Saudi Arabia, after a 10-day pilgrimage with his family and his grandmother, who uses a wheelchair.
As the 42-year-old pushed her through the disabled check-in area of Birmingham Airport on New Year’s Eve, they were pulled aside by West Midlands Police for counterterrorism checks.
Under Schedule Seven of the Terrorism Act 2000, officers can to stop and question any individual who “appears to be someone who is or has been concerned in the commission, preparation or instigation of acts of terrorism”.
Mr Ali claims this is the 50th time he has been stopped and has never been convicted of having any extremist views.
“After I made a fuss, they eventually let me go because they had nothing to charge against me.
“If they did charge me, it would help everyone who had a beard at airports.
“It’s either profiling, which is illegal, harassment which is also illegal or discrimination”. Mr Ali was stopped when flying to Morocco from Manchester in 2016. Greater Manchester Police took him and his wife off the Thompson flight and questioned him for hours about his faith and where he was going. He missed his flight.
The first time he was stopped was in 2012 at Birmingham when he was returning home from Pakistan.
Mr Ali regularly flies to different countries for Unite4 Humanity and claims the experience has been very upsetting for him and his family.
He said: “They always ask me the same questions, like ‘What do you think of what’s happening in Syria?’ and ‘What are your thoughts of what’s happening in Yemen?.’
“They wanted me to go into a room but I refuse to do it now. I want them to arrest me and tell me why they have stopped me 50 times.
“It’s ridiculous. I am a Muslim but I don’t go to hotspots like Syria. I feel vilified because I’m a Muslim and I have a beard.”
A spokesman from West Midlands Police said: “A 42-year-old man was stopped on arrival at Birmingham Airport on December 31, 2018.
“He was spoken to by police and then released after further checks had been conducted”.
I feel vilified because I’m a Muslim and I have a beard
Charity worker Ahmed Ali
Ahmed Ali in Mecca. Inset,