Five in court on robbery charge

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FIVE men charged with an attempted robbery in Nelson have been remanded in custody by Pennine magistrates.

It followed an incident on Friday afternoon at a jeweller’s shop on Manchester Road. The arrests were made after police in Greater Manchester stopped a car.

On Monday, five men from Birmingham were in court, and prosecuting solicitor Miss Parveen Akhtar recommended they should be in custody.

The first two to appear were Khazeer Ali (19) and Imran Zamir (19), charged with attempted robbery. Solicitor Mr Nasir Khattak said he was not making a request for bail for them. The magistrates remanded them in custody and they will appear at Burnley Crown Court.

Then university student Shazam Shabir Ellahi (21) appeared charged with attempted robbery, dangerous driving and resisting the police. Mr Khattak made an application for bail for Ellahi, but magistrates remanded him in custody to appear at the crown court hearing.

Finally, Amir Haider (19) and Umayr Ahmed (20) appeared charged with attempted robbery. Mr Khattak made an appeal for bail, but the magistrates remanded them both in custody. All five will appear at Burnley Crown Court on April 2nd.