Former South Shields student ‘in Syria to fight for Islamic State’

South Tyneside College.

South Tyneside College.

A former student at South Tyneside College has travelled to Syria to fight for Islamic State, a national newspaper has reported.

According to a report in the Mail on Sunday, the man, originally from Kuwait, joined up with the terror group after becoming radicalised.

South Tyneside College declined to comment on the reports, but the Gazette understands the Kuwaiti-born man enrolled on a three-year nautical course at the college’s Marine School, one of the most prestigious in Britain, back in 2011.

He lived in South Shields for around three years before returning to the Middle East.

The Marine School, established in 1861, is described on its own website as “a world-renowned centre of excellence for marine education and training”.

It provides courses for students in various subjects, including marine and electrical engineering, navigation and operations.

It offers qualifications ranging from maritime apprenticeships to officer trainee programmes, senior officer certificates up to degree level.