Bus crash gang avoid jail over scam

Members of a gang who hoped to claim thousands of pounds in insurance payments after staging a bus crash have been handed suspended sentences.

The scam saw Luqmahn Danial smash a double decker bus into a friend's car while carrying six accomplices.

The 28-year-old bus driver ignored waiting passengers at stops along the 182 route to Brent Cross in north-west London, a court heard.

Instead, he picked up six other men and went into the back of a Seat Toledo driven by friend Imran Hussain as he travelled through Harrow.

The gang hoped to submit fake claims for whiplash and other injuries, as well as creaming off referral fees, in a string of insurance applications.

But detectives were tipped off that the men knew each other and unravelled the web of deceit when mobile phone records revealed their links.

Danial, of Bessborough Road, Harrow, and Hussain, 29, of Nibthwaite Road, Harrow, were handed suspended six-month prison terms at Harrow Crown Court today, the Metropolitan Police said.

A third man, Mohamad Tabibi, 26, of Rayners Lane, Harrow, who was a passenger in the Seat, was also handed a suspended six-month prison term. All three men admitted fraud at an earlier hearing.

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