Families of Syria girls blame police.
THE families of the schoolgirls feared to be intent on joining Islamic State say they were let down by the Metropolitan Police.
They say a letter requesting to interview the three girls in relation to the disappearance of a classmate who fled to war-torn Syria should have been handed directly to the families, but instead were hidden by the girls in their textbooks.
Shamima Begum, 15, Kadiza Sultana, 16, and 15-year-old Amira Abase, who attended Bethnal Green Academy in east London, sparked a police hunt after they flew to Istanbul from Gatwick Airport last month and are now believed to be in Syria.
Abase Hussein, the father of Amira, believes his daughter would still be at home if he had seen the police warning.
"If we knew, this wouldn't have happened," he said. "We would have stopped them.
"We would have discussed it and taken away their passports from them.
"This wouldn't have happened."