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Firefighters uncover Bradford cannabis farm

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CANNABIS FARM UNCOVERED: The empty shop on Thornton Road was the scene of a major fire in the early hours of the morning

CANNABIS FARM UNCOVERED: The empty shop on Thornton Road was the scene of a major fire in the early hours of the morning


Up to 15 firefighters from Bradford and Fairweather Green stations were on hand to battle a fierce blaze at an empty shop in Thornton Road.

The fire, at around  3.30am on 12th June, is believed to have been caused by faulty wiring after the electric meter was bypassed. The flames from the incident grew to such a severe size they were visible from outside the shop.

Two hours after they arrived, the shop was declared safe following which crew found the cellar and first floor packed with young and mature cannabis plants.  

Crew manager Mick Mawson also added: “The door had been left wide open we didn't even need to break in. Whoever it was had done a runner before we got there. Someone had been living there, there was a sleeping bag.

"It was all set up with a feed and watering system as well as lights but the wiring was dodgy. The place was also full of air fresheners to try and throw people off the scene.”

A West Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: “Officers have completed their enquiries at the premise and have recovered a number of plants for further investigation.

"It is believed there were as many as 500 plants in the building, but many of these were destroyed by the fire which is believed to have broken out in the early hours of Monday.

"Our enquiries are continuing and we would ask for anyone who may have seen any recent suspicious activity around the building to contact the Bradford City Area Neighbourhood Team on 101, quoting crime reference 13170266226.

"Information can also be passed anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111."

Supercar smash driver jailed

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TRAGEDY: Hamza Gujjar was pronounced dead at the scene following the horror smash

TRAGEDY: Hamza Gujjar was pronounced dead at the scene following the horror smash

Teenager high on cannabis killed three of his friends in high-speed crash

A teenager ‘high on cannabis’ who killed three of his friends in a horror sports car smash after reaching speeds of up to 120mph has been jailed for six years on the day of his 18th birthday.

Boy racer, Arayeb Saqib, admitted causing the death of three of his friends while driving an Audi S5 so fast it became airborne.

Hours after they had attended a family wedding, Saqib - who was 17 at the time and who did not hold a driving licence - got behind the wheel of a hired super performance sports car with his four friends.

Saqib, who turned 18 today, bowed his head in the dock as he was told that his driving during the early hours of 27th April had been the ‘worst case of causing death by dangerous driving’ that the sentencing judge at Manchester Crown Court had ever encountered.

Police saw the car driving dangerously through South Manchester but an officer decided it was not safe to go beyond 80mph after giving chase.

By the time the vehicle had crossed a junction it was going at such speed that the camber of the road acted as a ramp.

The car took off, flew through the air, and hurtled over to where it landed on the other side of the road.

Saqib lost control, and skidded sideways for 100 metres, crashing into a sign and two parked cars, causing his friends’ horrific injuries.

It has been reported that at the hospital he claimed to be a passenger, telling nurses he saw the speedometer reach 110mph,

Three of his passengers - Hamza Iqbal, 24, Mohammad Hamza Gujjar, 21, and Munib Karim, 20 - were all fatal victims of the resulting smash . A fourth - Suhaib Aziz, 19 – ‘miraculously’ survived the collision - albeit with serious injurious.

Mr Karim, whose sister's wedding had taken place only hours earlier, died in hospital the following day.

Judge David Stockdale QC said Saqib's ‘truly appalling driving’ had been motivated by a ‘selfish wish for self-preservation’ and desire to impress his older friends.

At an earlier hearing, Saqib, who had not been at the wedding, pleaded guilty to three charges of causing death by dangerous driving and one charge of causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

In opening the case, prosecutor Gavin Howie said the white Audi was witnessed by a police patrol car driving ‘out of control’ - describing the car as ‘fishtailing’ as it travelled in the opposite direction to the officer.

When the officer activated his sirens the Audi sped up to speeds of around 70mph along the 30 and 40mph road before disappearing from sight.

Mr Howie told the court: “The truth is he never really got close to it.”

Two men were pronounced dead at the scene - one having been thrown from the window.

Wakefield hash stash

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DRUGS OPERATION: Some of the plants found in raids carried out across Wakefield

DRUGS OPERATION: Some of the plants found in raids carried out across Wakefield

Hundreds of Cannabis Plants Seized

Cannabis growers have been hit for six in Wakefield after hundreds of plants were seized in raids in the city.

Enquiries remain ongoing by the Wakefield District Police after officers seized over 330 cannabis plants following operations in the city centre, on Thursday.

It is estimated cannabis produced by the plants would have been worth tens of thousands of pounds in today’s market.

Officers from the Wakefield Neighbourhood Policing Team and Protective Services Crime executed warrants at two houses on Benjamin Street and at another house on Balne Avenue, Wakefield on Thursday 3rd March.

Plants were recovered from all three properties, one of which was set up as a full cannabis farm which had plants in all three levels of the house.

The raids were part of ongoing work by Wakefield officers to tackle and disrupt cannabis production in the city following a series of operations last year.

In 2015, officers seized thousands of plants from locations including a former business premises in Kirkgate and a huge industrial unit in Horbury.

Police seized over 2,000 plants from the building on Engine Lane, Horbury in June 2015.

Inspector Mark Chamberlain of the Wakefield District NPT, said: “We are continuing enquiries into these latest significant seizures which have seen us remove tens of thousands of pounds worth of cannabis from the streets of Wakefield.

“The raids came as a result of intelligence supplied to police and I can promise residents who contact us that we will not hesitate to act on information about these sort of operations.

“An awful lot of work has been and remains ongoing to disrupt cannabis production and I would ask anyone who has information about drug crime in the city to contact Wakefield District NPT on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

A 34-year-old man was arrested in connection with the cannabis farm on Balne Avenue while two men aged 25 and 26 were arrested in connection with the discovery of cannabis at one of the properties on Benjamin Street.

All three have now been bailed pending continuing enquiries.