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British chef who died fighting IS in Syria 'had a heart of gold'

By Ryan Wilkinson

A British man has been killed fighting against Islamic State in Syria, according to reports.

Ryan Lock (20) is said to have died during an offensive by anti-IS forces in a bid to retake the northern city of Raqqa, considered to be the terrorist group's capital.

The former chef (right) with no previous military experience, from Chichester, West Sussex, had joined Kurdish militia after telling his family he was going on holiday to Turkey in August.

The People's Protection Units (YPG), a Kurdish military force, reportedly told Mr Lock's family that he had died along with four other fighters on December 21.

Mr Lock's father, Jon, told the Guardian that his son was a "very caring and loving boy who would do anything to help anyone" and "had a heart of gold".

The YPG said he had "crossed continents for the destiny of our people and humanity".

Images posted on Facebook in October and November appear to show Mr Lock holding an AK-47 and wearing military gear.

Mark Campbell, who was with a group of Kurdish activists who visited Mr Lock's family, said their main concern was that Mr Lock's remains are returned to the UK.

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