Cells, thrills and Taliban

A family friend of former Happy Mondays dancer Bez has been arrested in what the tabloids are calling a terror swoop. Twenty seven-year-old Matthew Newton was arrested for allegedly recruiting Brits for Taliban training camps in Afghanistan.

Newton converted to Islam two years ago and used to run T-shirt company Masti with Bez’s teenage son Arlo. He has a picture on his Facebook page of him with the former Big Brother winner. Newton was arrested alongside four other men from all over the north-west of England on Monday.

‘It's shocking for me and my dad,’ said 18-year-old Arlo. ‘Matt's a top geezer. I've known him for two or three years. He got on with my dad and with everyone.’

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