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Car chase gang jailed.

Byline: Sam Dimmer Crime reporter

FOUR men who were arrested during a dramatic Coventry car chase have been jailed for a total of 41 years.

The gang were stopped in Cromwell Street, Foleshill, last April after police used unmarked cars to stop them in their tracks.

Police were investigating claims that they had targeted 28-year-old Zahid Khan and forced him to hand over his new Rolls Royce, worth PS250,000.

Now the four men, including one of Mr Khan's best friends, have been jailed for blackmail and firearms offences.

Mr Khan said: "I had only bought the car on that day and was only covered with third party insurance when they took it.

"I had gone to visit a friend to show it him, but he stabbed me in the back. We had grown up together and I had known him for 15 years before he betrayed me. Everything has changed since this happened and I am far more careful about everything. They could have killed me, but I believe that justice has been served with the length of the sentences they were given. I am happy that they are behind bars where they belong."

Rizwan Jahangir, aged 37, from Harts Road, Ward End, and Blall Harron, aged 31, from Morris Road, Ward End, were found guilty of blackmail and possession of a firearm with intent to commit an indictable offence and were jailed for 13 years and 12 years respectively.

Liaquat Hussain, aged 34, from Barrows Road, Sparkbrook, and Imran Ashraf, aged 35, from Benton Road, Sparkhill were found guilty of blackmail and each jailed for eight years.

Dramatic pictures of the arrest of the gang was captured by passers by.

The Volkswagen golf car the kidnappers used was rammed by unmarked police cars in the Foleshill area of Coventry and four men were dragged out and made to lie face-down on the pavement by armed police.


Clockwise from top: Rizwan Jahangir, Blall Harron, Imran Ashraf and Liaquat Hussain. Right, victim Zahid Khan and (main picture) the police sting when the arrests were made
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Apr 23, 2014
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