Journalist Phil comes home

Phil Pendlebury
Phil Pendlebury

WIGAN cameraman Phil Pendlebury who was arrested and jailed on terror charges in Turkey has returned to the UK.

It was initially thought that the 29-year-old would only come home later this week but his employers, Vice News, have confirmed he is back in the country.

Phil, whose parents live in Whitley, was arrested on August 27 alongside colleagues Jake Hanrahan and Mohammed Ismael Rasool on suspicion of having links with Isis.

However, after a campaign for their release and an appeal, Phil and Jake were released. However, Mohammed is still behind bars.

A Vice news spokesman said: “VICE News is pleased to confirm two of our journalists, Jake Hanrahan and Philip Pendlebury have been released from a Turkish prison and have returned to the UK. Both are in good health and spirits, but they - and everyone else at VICE News - remain extremely concerned for our third colleague, Mohammed Ismael Rasool, who is still being held.

“VICE News continues to work around the clock with all relevant government and legal representatives to secure his release. We call on the Turkish authorities to continue their positive course of action in freeing Jake and Philip, and releasing Rasool immediately.”