Posted on June 5, 2018
Dean Haydon, the senior national co-ordinator for counter-terrorism at Scotland Yard, says the investigation into the Boular family has been one of the most unusual his teams have faced. “They are pretty dysfunctional as a family unit,” said Mr Haydon. “There was a major safeguarding issue that we had to manage here.” Police have not identified any “controlling mind” in the family – no ringleader. It’s not even clear when Mina became a threat. At times she presented herself to the authorities as a concerned parent. When she first learned about Safaa’s plan to go to Syria, she was furious and assaulted her.