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Car Driven With ‘S20LUN’ Plate


08/01/2015

Car Driven With ‘S20LUN’ PlateThe Birmingham Mail reported Shanwaz Ali Khan, jailed for seven years after being caught driving a stolen vehicle with the number plate S20LUN, has had his request to appeal rejected.

Khan was part of a criminal gang behind a £1.5 million car theft organisation that targeted high end cars such as Mercedes and Audis, before selling their parts online. Other members of the gang would take car keys during break-ins and robberies, with Khan looking after premises where the vehicles were then chopped up.

Three senior judges at London’s Criminal Appeal Court firmly rejected the challenge, saying they were “suitably unimpressed” by claims that his punishment was too harsh.

The bungling gang was exposed when police spotted one of their stolen vehicles being driven by Khan, sporting the personalised number plate, S20LUN – and pulled it over.

Applying to appeal, Khan stated that he had initially started an honest motor trading business but had “succumbed to the temptation of operating illegitimately” when trade became tough.

But Mr Justice Cranston said: “This was a professional conspiracy. There were a series of serious robberies, where victims were targeted — sometimes the elderly. There was a substantial sum involved and a significant deterrent element was required.”

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