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Be on your guard should you happen to encounter Tahir Shah. The Muslim is a convicted rapist who has disappeared off the radar and is wanted by police.
Police believe a missing sex offender may be in Blackburn or Manchester.
Tahir Shah, 43, was convicted of rape at Carlisle Crown Court in January 2004 and sentenced to five years imprisonment.
He was also made subject to a Sexual Offences Prevention Order.
Shah was released from prison in September this year after being convicted of possession of an offensive weapon and is wanted for a breach of his licence by failing to notify police of his current address.
Shah is described as Asian, 5ft 8ins tall and of a stocky build.
He has tattoo dots on the knuckles of his left hand, a cannabis leaf tattoo on his left hand and the word ‘TAZ’ tattooed on his right forearm.
Officers believe he has links to both Blackburn and Longsight in Manchester.
– DC SIMON FETIGAN, LANCASHIRE CONSTABULARY
Anyone with information should contact police on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.
A 20-year-old woman from Romford was subjected to a prolonged sexual assault on a crowded Tube carriage after she took a Central Line train from Liverpool Street to Holborn.
British Transport Police have released an image of a man they want to speak to in connection with the incident, which took place on a westbound service at 8.30am on Wednesday, October 15.
Detective Sergeant Thanh Ly, leading the investigation, said: “The train was very busy, and the woman was stood against the double-doors.
“As the train was travelling between stations, a man standing next to her began to touch her inappropriately.
“The woman was so shocked by what was happening she felt unable to react. The assault lasted several minutes, until they arrived at Holborn, when the man got off the train and left the station. “
The victim told officers about the assault when she got off the train at Oxford Circus.
The transport police appeal is part of Project Guardian, a multi-agency initiative to reduce sexual assault and unwanted sexual behaviour on public transport in London, increase awareness and give victims the confidence to report offences.
DS Ly added: “This was an incredibly-distressing experience for the victim and left her having to take time off work to recover.
“Everybody has the right to travel on the rail network without the fear of any type of sexual assault, and I am determined to catch the man responsible.”
• Anyone with information is asked to contact British Transport Police on 0800 40 50 40, or text 61016, quoting reference TSUB/B19 of 22/10/2014, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111
The disorder broke out on the evening of Wednesday 2 July in Grantham Road and Farm Road, Sparkbrook.Ikram Ullah Khan, aged 28, died of a stab wound to the neck during the fight and two other men were injured and taken to hospital. The police investigation remains ongoing. DS Angela Baggott from Force CID Homicide said: "We need to trace the two men shown in these CCTV images as they may have valuable information to assist the investigation team. We urge them or anyone who recognises them to call CID on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111." Several men have been charged with murder and are currently awaiting trial.
Police investigating a stranger rape in Rochdale have released an E-Fit of the offender.
Since the attack the victim has been supported by specially trained officers and detectives have been carrying out a number of inquiries.
The victim has now managed to give a detailed description of the offender and officers have today released an E-Fit.
Detective Inspector James Faulkner, based at Rochdale, said: “The victim has been through a terrible ordeal but I can reassure both her and the community that we are determined to catch the man responsible.
“The victim has managed to provide enough details for us to put together an E-Fit so I would now like people to have a look and tell us if they recognise the man.
“I would ask anyone who witnessed the attack to please get in touch. Were you driving or walking near to where the incident took place and see anything suspicious? We believe a man may have been walking near to where the incident took place and I would appeal for him to come forward to let us know if he saw anything.”
Anyone with information should phone police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 55 111.
Greater Manchester is nationally recognised as a model of good practice in terms of support services available to victims.
If you or someone you know has been raped or sexually assaulted, we encourage you not to suffer in silence and report it to the police or a support agency so you can get the help and support available.
– You can call Greater Manchester Police on 101, or alternatively people can refer themselves to St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre on 0161 276 6515.
– St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre in Manchester provides a comprehensive and coordinated forensic, counselling and medical aftercare service to anyone in Greater Manchester who has experienced rape or sexual assault. Services are available on a 24-hour basis and people can access them either as a self-referral or via Greater Manchester Police.
– Manchester Rape Crisis is a confidential support service run by women for women and girls who have been raped or sexually abused. Confidential helpline: 0161 273 4500. Black and Minority Ethnic helpline: 0161 273 4514.
– Survivors Manchester offers support and counselling for adult male survivors of sexual abuse and rape, regardless of when the event happened. Contact07919 246 267.
A man has been jailed after officers found two guns and ammunition in the glove compartment of his car.
A second man is also serving a jail term after forensic specialists found his DNA on the same guns following a lab examination.
Yaser Kelleher, 26, of Hatch Lane, Harmondsworth, Middlesex was jailed for eight years for possession of firearm. He also received a further three months for assault by beating to run concurrently.
Mohamed Amine Darik, 22, of Beames Road, NW10 was jailed for five years for possession of a firearm. He pleaded not guilty alongside Kelleher in September and the jury failed to reach a verdict. Following a retrial at Isleworth Crown court on Wednesday, 15 October the jury took just over one hour to convict him of possession of a handgun.
The men were both sentenced at Isleworth Crown Court on Thursday, 16 October.
The court heard how on Tuesday, 4 March at approximately 23:30hrs officers were called to an address in Hatch Lane, West Drayton, Middlesex to report an assault.
Kelleher initially gave a false name, however following police checks his true identity was established and he was arrested for the assault. A search of his car was carried out where officers found two handguns and ammunition in the glove compartment.
Both of the handguns were manufactured as replicas but subsequently converted to fire live ammunition. The ammunition recovered was suitable for use in one of the handguns. Kelleher was further arrested for possession of firearms.
Forensic examination of the handguns revealed Darik’s DNA. On Friday, 2 May, Darik was arrested at his home address. He denied the offence, but was later charged with possession of a firearm.
Detective Sergeant Beverley Kofi, from Hillingdon CID said: ““Darik truly believed he was innocent and did not have any involvement with the handguns. What he failed to understand is that the police will use every tool we have to catch those involved in gun crime.
“I hope that these sentences serve as another reminder to anybody involved in the possession, supply and use of firearms; that officers will continue to pursue and place them before the courts. These are serious offences and will result in lengthy custodial sentences.”
Anyone with information about those involved in the use or possession of firearms can call police on 101 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.
SIX members of a gang involved in heroin, crack cocaine and cocaine with a street value of more than £5.5 million have been jailed for a total of more than 60 years for conspiracy to supply class A drugs.
A flat in Lister Court, Cunliffe Road, Manningham, was raided by police on February 12 last year where a haul of 29.8 kilograms of heroin, at varying levels of purity, was found, alongside 78 grams of cocaine and £116,000 of crack cocaine.
Mohammed Dawood Aslam, 35, of Knightsbridge Walk, Holme Wood, described as the "directing hand in this conspiracy" was jailed for 17 years at Bradford Crown Court yesterday.
Mohammed Azam Yaqoob, 45, of North Road, Ravensthorpe, Dewsbury, and Hamayan Nawaz, 25, of Carrington Street, Bradford Moor, were each jailed for nine years and four months.
Jamal Mahroof, 23, of Karam Close,Barkerend, Bradford, was jailed for nine years.
Samir Ali, 23, of Daleside Avenue, Pudsey, Leeds, was sentenced to seven years and three months.
Mohammed Khan, 41, of Glendevon Place, Whitefield, Manchester was sentenced to eight years and seven months.
All six defendants who were sentenced yesterday had previously pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply class A drugs, apart from Mahroof who was convicted after a trial at Bradford Crown Court in June this year.
Mohammed Masood Aslam, 26, of Ederoyd Mount,Stanningley, had his sentencing adjourned at Bradford Crown Court until November 7, as he is due to stand trial for a separate case of possession of class A drugs with intent to supply in Manchester next month.
He was remanded in custody until that date.
The eight defendant in this case, Naveed Ahmed, 31, of Byron Street, Barkerend, who was found guilty by the jury in June this year, did not appear in court for yesterday's verdict of the other six defendants. Instead, he is due to be sentenced at Bradford Crown Court this Tuesday.
Police used camera surveillance at the flat rented by Nawaz and also tracked the gang using mobile phone activity, which began on January 29 last year.
The gang were traced around a host of locations including Bradford, Harrogate, Barnsley and Manchester.
They also uncovered visits by the gang members to the Lister Road flat on several occasions and recorded shopping trips to buy food mixers and a large blue plastic container.
The operation continued until around 11pm on February 12 last year when Aslam, Ahmed, Nawaz and Ali were arrested by officers at the flat.
Earlier that night, two members of the group, Ali and Nawaz, had driven from Bradford to Manchester to pick up five kilograms of "high purity" heroin to add to their operation.
They picked this consignment up from Khan, who was described as the "courier" in the operation.
Aside from the drugs, the police raid on the flat uncovered a list of drug dealers.
The other members of the group were arrested at later dates.
Jailing the gang, Judge Peter Benson said: "In my view, this was the most substantial quantity of drugs to unleash on the streets of West Yorkshire, including a very, very substantial amount of heroin.
"Most of the defendants were arrested at the same time as the flat was raided."
An order was also made for the destruction of all drugs and equipment seized in the operation.