Char­ity worker stopped at air­port ‘on 50 oc­ca­sions’

Re­tire­ment com­plex to host info day 50,000 us­ing Peak trails

Ashbourne News Telegraph - - NEWS - By Gareth But­ter­field gareth.but­ter­[email protected]­bourne­new­stele­graph.co.uk

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,

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