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Three men who raced a stolen car are jailed for more than a decade in total

Posted on 27th July 2017

Three men who were pursued through the streets of Sheffield in a stolen car have been jailed for more than a decade in total.

This footage shows our colleagues from South Yorkshire Police pursuing the men in the stolen BMW as they tried to evade capture.Ivor Martin

They came to a stop, after ramming one police car, and ran off. Two of the men were arrested at the scene while the third was identified and arrested two days later.

At Derby Crown Court yesterday (Wednesday, July 26), Ivor Martin was jailed for 44 months, Carl Flowers for 43 months and Ali Luthfur for 38 months.

All three men had admitted burglary and taking a car without the owner’s consent. Martin and Luthfur also admitting fraudulently using credit cards stolen during the burglary.

The gang sneaked in to a house in Hollin Cross Lane in the early hours of February 26 while the family slept. They stole a TV, bank cards and keys to the family’s BMW, taking the vehicle from outside.

The family discovered the theft when they awoke and they called police. We notified all forces that the car had been stolen and soon discovered the bank cards had been used at shops in Sheffield.Ali Luthfur

South Yorkshire Police confirmed that their officers had seen the car driving in Sheffield followed it.

Flowers (48) of Cradock Mews, Sheffield and Martin (45) of Erskine Road, Sheffield, were arrested trying to run away from the stolen car.

Luthfur (38), of Errington Road, Sheffield, was identified when CCTV footage showed him using the stolen bank cards and he was arrested two days later.

Flowers was banned from driving for 32 months, Luthfur for 31 months and Martin for 34 months.

Investigating officer DC Tim Brown said: “We are pleased with these sentences, which reflect the serious nature of the crime.Carl Flowers

“We’re grateful to our colleagues at South Yorkshire Police for their support in catching Martin, Flowers and Luthfur and this case shows how forces work well together to tackle cross-border criminals.

“The victims were understandably upset when they woke up and discovered the burglary and I hope this sentencing gives them some sense of closure at the end of this distressing time.”

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