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Trio given suspended jail terms for racing at up to 134mph

A judge said the men had been “responsible” by indicating to change lanes.

Three drivers filmed racing at “manic” speeds of up to 134mph have been given suspended prison sentences and banned from the roads for 12 months.

Amar Paul, Tejinder Bhuee and Zafar Iqbal were also fined £750 and ordered to perform 100 hours of unpaid work after a judge said they had been “responsible” by indicating to change lanes.

Dash-cam footage of the race was recorded by an unmarked patrol car during a campaign targeting reckless road users on the A38 near Minworth, West Midlands, at about 9.15pm on March 5.

Paul, from Berrow Drive in Edgbaston, Birmingham; Bhuee, of Fitzroy Avenue, Harborne, Birmingham; and Iqbal, of Victoria Road, Oldbury, West Midlands, admitted charges of dangerous driving and street racing at a previous hearing.

CCTV footage played to Birmingham Crown Court showed Paul, 27, Bhuee, 24, and 33-year-old Iqbal driving two Mercedes cars and a VW Golf on a damp road surface through roadworks at up to 100mph.

Prosecutor Richard Franck told the court: “Your Honour will have seen that the maximum speed they reached was over 130mph. This is dangerous driving, in our submission, at its most dangerous.”

Handout screengrab of drivers Amar Paul, Tejinder Bhuee and Zafar Iqbal racing at speeds of up to 134mph (West Midlands Police/PA)

Passing six-month prison terms suspended for two years, Recorder Christopher Tickle told the men the offences had breached an injunction banning car cruising in parts of the West Midlands.

The judge said: “In defiance of a court injunction which was put in place in 2016 you engaged in road racing quite deliberately.

“The video captures exactly what happened. It was a damp road.”

Handout screengrab of a police officer speaking to one of the suspects who raced at speeds of up to 134mph (West Midlands Police/PA)

The men’s “manic” driving at speeds of up to 130mph on an empty section of carriageway had been short-lived, the judge added.

Defence barristers told the hearing the men had pulled over as soon as they were able as they entered a section of roadworks.

Tejinder Bhuee admitted the charges (Aaron Chown/PA)

Marcus Kraehling-Smith, representing Paul and Bhuee, said his clients were hard-working young men who were normally sensible, responsible people.

Zafar Iqbal admitted the charges (Aaron Chown/PA)

Frank Dillon, mitigating for Iqbal, told the court the mechanic and MOT tester was driving a Mercedes acquired on finance and had only exceeded the speed limit for a brief period of time.


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