Three Bradford men, who were involved in a “substantial and sophisticated” conspiracy to handle stolen cars valued at almost half a million pounds, have been jailed for a total of 20 years.

Bradford Crown Court heard yesterday that the scam involved vehicles ranging from standard Volkswagen Golfs and Audis to higher-value models including Bentleys and Porsches.

Some were shipped to Japan to be sold at auction.

Taqi Mir, 28, and his brother Mazhar Mir, 26, both of Duckworth Lane, Bradford, had pleaded guilty to conspiracy to handle stolen cars. Raees Khan, 33, of Wilmer Drive, Heaton, was convicted by a jury of the charge. Khan was jailed for nine years, Taqi Mir for five years and four months and Mazhar Mir for four years.

The brothers also admitted a separate charge of conspiracy to defraud, involving clocking cars at their garage. Taqi Mir was given a further 14 months imprisonment for that offence, and his brother was sentenced to a consecutive nine months.

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