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Terrified boy, 14, kidnapped and held for £10k after making riches with Bitcoin

A schoolboy who made money trading in Bitcoin was kidnapped and bundled into a car by a gang who demanded £10,000 for his safe return.

The terrified 14-year-old was confronted outside a takeaway in Bradford, West Yorkshire, on May 9.

One of the kidnappers put his hand over the teen's mouth, as he was punched and forced into the back of a Toyota Auris, Yorkshire Live reports.

Muhammed Khubaib, who owned the car, reportedly activated the vehicle's central locking as the boy sat between two men in the rear of the Auris.

The young victim alleges that Khubaib hit him in the face with a glove filled with sand, prosecutor Laura McBride told Bradford Crown Court.

The horrified boy was told he had to ring his mum and tell her to give over "£10,000 or her son wouldn't be going home".

The boy's mother described how the kidnappers demanded money over the phone as she heard her son crying.

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It was agreed that the mother would give the men £900 and she came out of her home to hand over the cash, Miss McBride said.

The horrific ordeal was then reported to the police and 22-year-old Khubaib was arrested a few days later.

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Khubaib pleaded guilty to charges of kidnap and blackmail but the court heard the three other men involved had not been identified or prosecuted.

Khubaib was jailed for four years after Judge Richard Mansell QC said the youngster had clearly been targeted by the men due to social media posts had suggesting he had made “a reasonable amount of money” from trading in Bitcoin or other crypto-currency.

The judge explained that Khubaib would have been jailed for five years after a trial, but his guilty plea and other matters meant that sentence could be reduced to four years.

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Detective Constable Paul Maxwell, of Bradford Safeguarding Team, said: “We welcome the sentence which has been passed down to Khubaib today at court. He pleaded guilty to both counts he was charged with in May.

“We would encourage anyone who is concerned about any young people to contact the police via 101 and they will be listened to and supported by specialist officers in our Safeguarding Units.”

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