Three men from Bradford have been sentenced to a total of 19 years following an investigation into an organised crime gang which is believed to have been involved in the handling and disposal of more than £1m of stolen cars.
The investigation centred on Chapel Green Works in the Little Horton area of Bradford after police discovered vehicle parts for 69 stolen vehicles in an industrial unit on the premises in September 2016.
Documents and other items were also found for a further six cars.
Most of the vehicles had been stolen in burglaries across Bradford District, although some were taken from offences outside of West Yorkshire.
One of the gang members, Nigel Harrison, 50, was jailed last year for 18 years after he pleaded guilty to firearms and drugs offences in relation to guns and drugs found inside the unit.
And on Monday three more men were jailed at Bradford Crown Court after they were found guilty of conspiracy to handle stolen goods.
Siyavash Omidifar, 41, of Walden Drive, was sentenced in his absence to a total of 10 years for conspiracy to handle stolen goods and possession of criminal property. He is believed to have fled the country during the trial.
While Pawel Wach, 35, of Ayresome Oval, Allerton and Marc Holton, 38, of Burneston Gardens were jailed for six years and three years respectively.
A Proceeds of Crime Act investigation will now follow to establish what assets can be seized with a view to making applications for repayment orders.
Detective Sergeant Andy Simpson, said:
“This was a considerable investigation into organised crime in West Yorkshire and we are pleased that more of these gang members are now serving time in prison for their involvement.
“The vehicles were being stolen in burglaries and taken to the unit, where they were dismantled for the parts to be used, sold on, or scrapped in exchange for cash.
“West Yorkshire Police is working with partners to tackle organised crime and anyone with information about suspected criminal activity in their area is urged to report it by calling 101, or using the live chat facility on the West Yorkshire Police website.
“Information can also be reported anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.”