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Sunday, July 12, 2015
Eleven men jailed for more than 36 years
ELEVEN men have been sentenced to a total of 36 years and six months in prison for their part in a significant incident of disorder in Blackburn in 2013.
On the evening of Saturday 14th December 2013 as a result of an on-going dispute between two groups in Blackburn and Preston, 11 men arrived at an address on Kempton Rise in Blackburn armed with golf clubs, hockey sticks and a shotgun. During the disorder that followed, the shotgun was discharged on the street, at which point the group dispersed in various vehicles resulting in multiple collisions. Fortunately, no one was injured.
On 29th May following a five week trial at Preston Crown Court, the men were convicted and they have been sentenced this week. Four men have been convicted of possession of a firearm with intent and conspiracy to commit violent disorder. They are;
Asar Khan, 30, of July St, Blackburn. He has been sentenced to 5 years 6 months
Yassar Khan, 32, of July St, Blackburn. He has been sentenced to 5 years 6 months
Bilal Akhtar, 25, of Westbury Gardens, Blackburn. He has been sentenced to 5 years 6 months
Andrew Leigh, 26, of Old Lancaster Lane, Preston. He has been sentenced to 5 years
Another seven men were convicted of conspiracy to commit violent disorder and were sentenced as follows;
Uwais Bagas, 25, of Watling Street Road, Preston. He has been sentenced to 2 years 6 months
Faizal Ghani , 29, of Albert Terrace, Preston. He has been sentenced to 2 years 6 months
Mohammed Mussa, 24, of Garstang Road, Preston. He has been sentenced to 2 years 6 months
Sohail Patel, 33, of Blackpool Road, Preston. He has been sentenced to 4 years
Syed Razvi, 35, of Ashworth Grove, Preston. He has been sentenced to 2 years 6 months
Aleem Khan, 27, of Lambeth Street, Blackburn. He has been sentenced to 2 years 6 months
Niaz Hussain, 43, of Willoughby Street, Sheffield. He has been sentenced to 2 years 6 months
Detective Inspector Mark Vaughton who led the investigation, said: “This has been an extremely complex and protracted investigation into an event which had significant impact on the local community.
“I am pleased with the sentences – they should send a clear message that we absolutely will not tolerate this sort of behaviour which makes people feel unsafe in their own homes and communities.”