Wakkas Butt, 29, who styled himself as the “boss of Leeds 11” has been jailed for 21 years. The self styled Leeds crime boss was involved in a shooting in the city.
‘He was the ringleader of a criminal gang involved in a long-running feud that led to Leeds’ first gangbo injunction which place strict limitations on where criminals go and who they associate with.
He styled himself as a gangster and drove around in a high-performance car bearing a registration that suggests he thought he was the boss of the LS11 area.
The 26-year-old also drove an Audi RS3, with the number plate LS11 BOS, which is believed to refer to his self-appointed status in the postcode area where he lived.
The ringleader and his accomplices had been made the subject of the city’s first “gangbo” injunction restricting addresses they visited, cars they used and mobile phones they could own.
However, his reign of terror came to an end when he was convicted of conspiracy
The offences by gang were committed between March 2014 and June 2016, within one square mile of Beeston including,
10 violent offences of robbery, assault and kidnapping. 30 public order offences of threats, intimidation and extortion. 24 arson attacks on cars and properties, which caused more than £200,000 worth of damage. 6 drug related offences where more than £180,000 was recovered. 22 offences of criminal damage, eight of which saw 4×4 vehicles rammed into properties
Wakkas Butt, 26, of Cross Flatts Road, Beeston, and Shezan Shabir, 26, of Old Mill View, Dewsbury, were both jailed for 21 years for a firearms offence and arson. Both were also given an extended licence period of five years.
Irshad Badar, 24, of Rowliff Road, High Wycombe, was also convicted of the firearms offence and jailed for eight years.
Adil Qayyum, 25, of Pickles Street, Batley, was convicted of arson being reckless as to whether life was endangered and jailed for six years.
Adeel Malik, 22, of Lynndale Avenue, Huddersfield convicted of arson being reckless as to whether life was endangered and jailed for eight years.