Saturday, 1 December 2012

Trio of Bradford men plead guilty after police crackdown on gun crime in district

Three Bradford men are facing lengthy prison sentences after admitting firearms conspiracy charges.

The men appeared at Bradford Crown Court yesterday following their arrests during a major crackdown on gun and drugs crime in Bradford.

Iflaq Khan, 35, of Baxandall Street, West Bowling; Nadeem Hussain, 31, of Merton Road, Little Horton; and Joseph Stott, 24, of Halton Place, Great Horton, were produced from custody to appear in a secure dock before Judge Robert Bartfield.

All three defendants pleaded guilty to two charges, conspiracy to possess a firearm – a 12-gauge, double-barreled sawn-off shotgun – with intent to endanger life, on July 27 this year; and conspiracy to possess ammunition – three 12-gauge shotgun cartridges – with intent to endanger life, on the same date.

The accused were flanked by security officers during the short hearing.

The court heard the three men had given no basis for their pleas.

Judge Bartfield remanded all three in custody to appear again at the court for sentencing on January 10.

A fourth man, Umar Hussain, 28, of Sandhurst Avenue, Birmingham, also appeared at the crown court and pleaded not guilty to the same two charges.

Prosecutor Andrew Kershaw told the judge there would have to be a trial, which was set for January 7 and is expected to last for two days. Hussain was remanded in custody to that date.

The court appearance of the four men followed their arrest in July.

During the summer, police made about 60 arrests and seized drugs valued at almost half a million pounds in a two-week crackdown on gun and drugs crime in the Bradford district, called Operation Sabredale. The operation was set up to tackle firearms offences after a number of incidents in the district.


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