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Men sentenced for stealing BMWs

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3:46pm 16th April 2018

Several men have been sentenced for stealing BMW cars in Blackburn.

The group of four men had either stolen or attempted to steal 12 cars.

They'd also targeted vehicles in the Ribble Valley and Preston.

29-year-old Kasim Ali Ahmed, 27-year-old Haroon Qamar, 24-year-old Michael Dicks and 24-year old Irfan Mazhar were arrested in March 2016.

Police were tipped off by a call from a concerned member of the public, who saw the men acting suspiciously around Metcalf Close.

Officers attended and found damage to the window and inside of a BMW car.

Ahmed, Qamar and Dicks made off from the scene in a Seat Leon which was stopped just off the M61 by police.

A number of electronic devices, used specifically to steal BMWs, were found on board.

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The trio were arrested and bailed, with officers conducting a major investigation into the group's mobile phone use.

During the investigation officers established Mazhar was working with the gang and he was later arrested.

All four were charged with conspiring to steal motor vehicles.

Ahmed, Qamar and Mazhar pleaded not guilty to the offence and the case went to trial in December.

After three days of hearings Ahmed and Qamar changed their pleas to guilty, with Mazhar pleading guilty to participating in activities of an organised crime group.

Dicks had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing last year to conspiracy to steal.

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Ahmed was jailed for four years and two months, Qamar sentenced to two years and four months, Mazhar handed a 20 month sentence suspended for two years and Dicks imprisoned for one year and five months.

A Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) hearing will now take place against the men.

PC Rick Hek, of Lancashire Police, said:

"This gang was particularly ruthless in its activities, targeting BMW cars across the Lancashire area.

"Ahmed, Qamar, Mazhar and Dicks showed a blatant disregard for their victims, carrying out a number of vehicle thefts before a tip-off to police from a member of the public led to their arrests.

"We welcome the sentences handed down from court and hope it deters others who attempt to carry out such criminal activities."

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