A DRUGGED-UP driver who injured four people when he smashed into three vehicles during a high-speed police chase in heavy traffic was jailed for 16 months.

The case at Bradford Crown Court prompted Judge Jonathan Rose to again call for the maximum sentence for dangerous driving to be increased from the “woefully inadequate” two years imprisonment.

Ansar Jahangir, 37, led the police on a lengthy blue light chase in the Duckworth Lane area of Bradford when he was uninsured, unlicensed and three times the legal limit for the cannabis-based drug THC.

He hit a vehicle on Durham Road twice as he tried to force his way past it before crashing into a VW Touran and colliding head-on with Nissan Navara on Smith Lane.

Jahangir, of Duckworth Grove, Bradford, suffered serious injuries, including a spinal fracture and lacerations to his liver. He was not wearing a seatbelt and was found unconscious in the black Toyota Yaris he was driving.

He pleaded guilty to dangerous driving on August 21 last year, driving when over the limit for Delta-9-tetrahydocannabinol (THC) and driving without insurance or a valid licence.

Judge Rose told Jahangir: “Your case provides one of the best examples I have seen that two years imprisonment is woefully inadequate for what you have done.”

Jahangir was banned from driving for five years and eight months.

A CARE worker who groomed a highly vulnerable woman with a learning disability before having sex with her in a toilet at a day centre was jailed for four years and five months.

Richard Buchanan, 56, exchanged 800 texts with his victim, signing off one of them with “Missing you sexy,” Bradford Crown Court heard.

He gave her gifts, including a phone charger, chocolate, Coca Cola and a handbag from a British Heart Foundation charity shop.

Buchanan, who worked as a casual support worker in the Brighouse area, pleaded guilty to sexual activity with a person with a mental disorder by a care worker.

The court heard that Buchanan, of Friar Place, Bradley, Huddersfield, had anal sex with the woman in a disabled toilet.

A victim impact statement from the woman’s mother said her daughter now cried a lot and did not like leaving home.

Judge Jonathan Rose said Buchanan groomed his victim until she felt that he loved her.

“She was accessible as an object of your sexual interest,” he said.

“She may not have resisted your advances but that is because she was not cognitively equipped to do so.”

The judge made a Sexual Harm Prevention Order and told Buchanan he must sign on the sex offender register, both orders are without limit of time.

TWO men jailed after the Bradford “grooming trial” will have to spend more time behind bars after they were caught red-handed trying to smuggle drugs and phones into prison “under the judge’s nose.”

Naveed Akhtar and Fahim Iqbal were thwarted trying to exchange cannabis resin, skunk cannabis, the heroin substitute Subutex, miniature mobile phones and Sim cards to smuggle into Leeds Prison.

Akhtar, 44, of Newport Place, Manningham, Bradford, and Iqbal, 28, of Quarry Road, West Town, Dewsbury, were spotted by a dock officer committing the offences while the trial was running.

Akhtar, who is serving 17 years for two offences of rape, and Iqbal, jailed for seven years for a charge of aiding and abetting rape, were back at Bradford Crown Court to each receive five months imprisonment to run consecutively.

Each pleaded guilty to conspiracy to supply cannabis and the class C drug Buprenorphine (Subutex) and to bring three miniature mobile phones, with chargers, and ten Sim cards into the prison.

Prosecutor Adam Birkby said the “grooming trial” was running on February 4 when Akhtar, who was on bail, spent 20 minutes in the toilet behind the dock.

Iqbal, who was in custody serving a jail sentence for unauthorised possession of phones in prison, then went to use the toilet.

But a dock officer became suspicious and found a package in the toilet roll dispenser.

Cannabis with a street value of £68 was found in the dock, along with a mobile phone and charger and ten Subutex tablets. In the toilet roll holder were six Subutex tablets, two phones with chargers and ten Sim cards.

Judge Durham Hall labelled the offences “remarkably stupid.”

“Under the very noses of the dock officers and, indeed myself, although I was oblivious to it,” he stated.

A COWBOY builder who made off with an elderly Bradford couple’s life savings, and then evaded justice for almost five years, was jailed for 25 months.

James Rennard was arrested on a warrant five days before appearing at Bradford Crown Court in custody to plead guilty to offences of fraud and theft

dating from September 4, 2013.

Rennard turned up “randomly” at the couple’s home in Storr Hill Terrace, Carr House Gate, Wyke, in a white van.

Rennard, 35, of Holmfield Lane, Pontefract, said that the pensioners’ needed

their roof fixing and he had some leftover cement to do the repair.

Miss Morland said the husband was 91 and suffered with Alzheimer’s Disease,

while his wife, 81, was also unwell.

Rennard told them the repair would cost £350 and went up on the roof. But he

came down to say it would be a further £350 to finish the job.

The elderly man fetched the envelope containing the couple’s savings and

counted out the extra cash. Rennard then distracted him and made off with the envelope, containing £2,438, from the kitchen table.

When Rennard fled before the start of his trial, on June 19, 2014, a warrant was issued not backed for bail.

Judge Colin Burn labelled the fraud and theft “terribly mean offences.”

Rennard was jailed for 22 months for fraud and theft, with three months to run

consecutively for the Bail Act offence.

A TERRIFIED householder was confronted by masked burglars brandishing a knife and a shovel in a “sinister” night-time raid targeting his brand-new car, Bradford Crown Court heard.

CCTV footage showed three intruders, one in a skeleton mask, “casing the joint” before two of them broke into the property to demand the keys to an expensive and high-powered VW Golf.

In the dock was Rehan Malik, 21, of Wensleydale Road, Bradford Moor, Bradford, and a youth aged 17, who cannot be identified because of his age.

Both pleaded guilty to burgling the house in Springwood Drive, Copley, Halifax, on September 17 last year.

Malik also admitted dangerous driving on prison licence in Bradford city centre on May 4 last year. The youth further pleaded guilty to two house burglaries and a theft.

Malik was jailed for a total of 32 months and the teenager was sentenced to an 18 month detention and training order.

Prosecutor Jayne Beckett said the burglary took place after the masked raiders were seen prowling round outside the house at 4am.

The male occupant went downstairs to be confronted by two of the burglars brandishing a knife and a shovel while the third kept watch outside.

The man handed over his car keys after he was threatened with violence.

Malik was jailed for eight months for the dangerous driving offence with two years to run consecutively for the burglary. He was banned from driving for three years and four months.