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6 May 2017, 06:41 | Updated: 6 May 2017, 06:42
Two men have been sentenced to a combined total of more than 10 years in prison after they were stopped by police while driving in a stolen car with a loaded shotgun in Bedfordshire.
On 1 November 2016, officers from Bedfordshire Police stopped a stolen Peugeot after a short pursuit and found a loaded shotgun in the front passenger seat.
Irfan Khan, 23, of Lachbury Close, Luton, was detained at the scene. Nadeem Niaz, also 23, of Priestleys, Luton, was later arrested following a police warrant.
Niaz pleaded guilty to possession of a prohibited weapon and an offence of aggravated taking of a vehicle without the owner’s consent.
Irfan Khan faced trial and was found guilty of both offences.
During the trial the court heard that Niaz and Khan had entered the home of someone with a serious medical condition, who often left their back door insecure in case of an emergency.
The pair stole car keys and began joyriding in the vehicle.
Detective Constable Matt Stonnell, who led the case, said: “Niaz and Khan’s reckless offending no doubt had a serious impact on their victim by putting them through the additional ordeal of an investigation and court case.
“The fact they took with them a loaded shotgun on their joyride suggests they had serious criminal intent. Firearms criminality will not be tolerated in Bedfordshire and I am pleased that the courts have recognised the severity of their actions, serving up a significant jail term for the both of them.”
Irfan Khan was sentenced to a total of five and a half years imprisonment. Nadeem Niaz, who had pleaded guilty, was sentenced to five years.