Future generations will curse this one.
Dewsbury, the once great textile town of the North, has undergone a terrifying transformation
Across the world Dewsbury was always famous for manufacturing wool products, but today it has gained another kind of terrifying notoriety – as a breeding ground for terrorists. First, the leader of the gang of four bombers who attacked London on July 7, 2005, came from here.
When Mohammad Sidique Khan bade farewell to his pregnant wife on the morning he led his fellow attackers to the capital to claim 52 innocent lives in explosions on Tube trains and a bus, it was from a council house in a quiet cul-de-sac in Saville Town, Dewsbury. Next came Britain’s youngest convicted terrorist, Hammaad Munshi.
And then in April Munshi’s younger brother Hassan, 17, secretly travelled to the badlands of Islamic State. He went with his neighbour Talha Asmal, also aged 17, a fanatical recruit who this weekend was revealed to have become Britain’s youngest ever suicide bomber in Iraq.