Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

This Gang Drove over a Man, Threw Him in a Car, Beat Him Up and Told Him They Would Saw off H's Fingers. Punishment Gang Who Brought Terror

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

This Gang Drove over a Man, Threw Him in a Car, Beat Him Up and Told Him They Would Saw off H's Fingers. Punishment Gang Who Brought Terror

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A GANGLAND drugs feud saw a man hit with a car, kidnapped and threatened with torture.

Shahed Miah was targeted by a narcotics gang who accused him of stealing their drugs.

Mr Miah claims he had nothing to do with the disappearance of the drugs, which had been sent from West Yorkshire to be distributed in the North East.

A gang was dispatched from Bradford to track him down to dish out a punishment beating and demand 'compensation'.

After a chase in the West End of Newcastle, Mr Miah was knocked over by the gang's car, forced into the vehicle and attacked and threatened. The gangsters then made Mr Miah's father hand over a large amount of money and subjected him to a humiliating ritual in which he was made to kneel down and place his hands over their feet.

Yasin Khan, Mohammed Haque and Umar Mahmood had originally been charged with kidnap but prosecutors were forced to accept guilty pleas to the lesser offence of assault. A fourth man, Amjed Iqbal, had the charges against him dropped.

Locking up the trio at Newcastle Crown Court, Recorder Tim Hirst said: "This was a premeditated, planned and unlawful punishment raid from Bradford into Newcastle.

"A car was used as a weapon to chase and knock down and disable the victim. Having been loaded into the vehicle he was threatened in the most terrifying manner about having his fingers sawn off.

"There was then a family humiliation in which his father was made to cast himself at your feet while offering money as a way of buying off the threat to his son."

The court heard the attack happened after some drugs were stolen from a man who had travelled to the North East to sell them.

In December last year Khan, Mahmood and another man came from West Yorskshire looking for the person they blamed for the lost drugs. Once here they joined up with Haque, who was living in Newcastle.

As they trawled the streets in a silver Peugeot car, they spotted Mr Miah on Tamworth Road, in Fenham, around 7.40pm on December 7. When he saw the car Mr Miah began to run away and shouted at some council workmen to call the police.

However, the car, driven by Khan, soon caught up and rammed into him, knocking him to the ground. …

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