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Group who tried to smuggle heroin in chapati oven jailed

A group of smugglers who tried to import a consignment of high-purity heroin at Leeds Bradford airport from Islamabad hidden inside a chapatti oven have today been sentenced to a total of 26 years in prison.

The heroin was found n this chapati oven Credit: NCA

Mohammed Aslam Khan, 61, from Ashton-Under-Lyne, and Arbab Akhtar, 29, from Blackburn, both admitted conspiring to import Class A drugs.

Kulwinder El Assad, 40, from Tipton in the West Midlands, was found guilty after a four day trial at Leeds Crown Court.

On Friday 2 October she was sentenced to 12 years in prison, while Akhtar and Khan received eight and six year jail terms.

National Crime Agency investigators used phone evidence to prove the links between the conspirators and place them at key locations in the plot.

The NCA was called in on 26 March 2014 after Border Force officers at Leeds Bradford Airport opened an unclaimed package on a luggage carousel.

Inside they discovered the oven, which contained almost 13 kilos of heroin. If cut and sold in the UK the drugs would have had a potential likely street value of around £1.9 million.

A day later Khan and El Assad were arrested at the airport by the NCA when they arrived to pick up the parcel.

Yorkshire high streets nominated for national award

High streets in Bradford, York, Helmsley and Rotherham have been nominated in this year's Great British High Street Awards.

Credit: Great British High Street Awards

Brigg in Lincolnshire is in running for the best village award.

Best City Location

  • Bradford’s North Parade
  • Mill Road, Cambridge
  • St Giles Street, Northampton

Best Town Centre

  • Rotherham
  • Altrincham
  • Tamworth

Best Market Town

  • Chipping Norton
  • Helmsley
  • Colne

Best Village

  • Brigg
  • West Kilbride
  • Twyford

Best Local Centre

  • Bishy Road, York
  • Faulkner Street Hoole, Chester
  • Bath Place, Taunton

Police release CCTV of Birkenshaw robber

Detectives in Kirklees have released CCTV images of a man they would like to speak to in connection with a robbery last week in Birkenshaw.

Police want to find this man Credit: West Yorkshire Police

I would appeal to anyone who recognises the man in the CCTV to come forward. Equally, if anyone was in the area around Moor Lane last Wednesday lunchtime, and may have seen someone matching the description, or if anyone else has had a man knock on the door in similar circumstances in the area, I would also ask that they contact the police. Fortunately, the victim was not injured as a result of the incident, but it has clearly been a frightening experience. Enquiries are ongoing.

– Detective Constable Richard Brooke of Kirklees CID

Police have also released a slow motion video of the suspect:

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Police issue urgent appeal to help find missing Margaret

Police are urgently appealing for information to trace a woman reported missing in Keighley this afternoon.

69-year-old Margaret Sprague was last seen in Keighley Credit: West Yorkshire Police

Bradford District Police would like to speak with anyone who has seen or has information about 69-year-old Margaret Sprague who was reported missing in Keighley town centre this afternoon.

Mrs Sprague had been in the town shopping with her husband when he lost contact with her in the Airedale Shopping Centre.

She is described as white and has dark medium length hair. She was wearing a dark black 3/4 length coat, orange patterned skirt and black shoes.

Bradford drivers fined around £2m for driving in bus lanes

Drivers in Bradford paid out almost £2m after straying into bus lanes last year.

Drivers in Bradford fined almost £2m for straying into bus lanes Credit: ITV Yorkshire

Almost 70,000 penalty charges were issued to motorists who misused the lanes - an increase of 25 per cent on the previous year.

Bradford council says the money taken in fines is used to fund transport-related projects.

Urgent appeal to trace missing Leeds teenager

Police in Leeds are urgently appealing for information to trace a teenage girl who has gone missing.

Stephanie Armstrong Credit: West Yorkshire Police

Stephanie Armstrong, 16, was last seen in Bramley at 12.50pm yesterday (23/9).

She is described as white, 5ft 4ins tall, with shoulder-length mousy brown hair. She was last seen wearing a black hoody and light blue skinny jeans.

She has links to Bradford, Bingley and Yeadon.

MP: Bradford woman didn't die in Saudi stampede

A woman from Bradford who it was reported died in a stampede in Saudi Arabia actually died in an 'unrelated incident', the MP for Bradford West, Naz Shah, has tweeted.

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