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Former professional boxer from Lancashire jailed after cocaine fuelled crime spree

Ali Shah, 31, of Dickinson Close, Blackburn, has been jailed for five and a half years following several raids which took place last year.
Ali Shah, 31, of Dickinson Close, Blackburn, has been jailed for five and a half years following several raids which took place last year.

A former professional boxer, who threatened two men with a hammer during a cocaine fuelled crime spree, has been jailed.

Ali Shah, 31, of Dickinson Close, Blackburn, has been jailed for five and a half years following several raids which took place last year.

During a hearing at Preston Crown Court on June 28, jurors were told how Shah stole thousands of pounds worth of goods in three separate incidents.

In the first incident on November 15, Shah, threatened two men with a hammer before stealing an Armani watch and two packets of cigarettes.

In a second incident on November 21, Shah stole a £35,000 Range Rover from outside a house in Blackburn, while the owners slept.

And on December 5, Shah broke into a house with an accomplice and stole £5,000 of electrical equipment.

He pleaded guilty to burglary and aggravated vehicle taking and was found guilty of robbery following a trial at Preston Crown Court.

PC Dan Burton, of Lancashire Constabulary’s East Division, said: “For three weeks in November and December of last year, Shah was on a crime spree, fuelled by cocaine.

“He stole high value goods but was quickly identified by his victims as he was well known in the local area for being a professional boxer.

“The sentence handed down in court reflects the severity of his crimes and I hope brings some sense of justice to his victims.”

Shah was sentenced to three years for robbery, two years for burglary and six months for aggravated vehicle taking - along with a £170 victim surcharge and a 38 month driving ban.