BBC Hometown documentary to shine light on West Yorkshire's drug turf wars

A docuseries filmed in Huddersfield is to delve into the town's underground world of drugs and gangs.

Wednesday, 19th June 2019, 6:12 pm
In the documentary Hometown, Mobeen Azhar returns to Huddersfield to look at the drugs trade in light of the fatal police shooting of known criminal Yassar Yaqub.

BBC Three's Hometown: A Killing shines a light on the drugs trade, particularly amongst West Yorkshire's Pakistani community.

It follows the police shooting of known Huddersfield drug dealer Yassar Yaqub in 2017 on the M62. Leeds Crown Court heard earlier this year how Yaqub had met with Bradford rival Mohammed Nisar Khan, known as Meggy, earlier that evening to resolve a drugs dispute.

In the documentary Hometown, Mobeen Azhar returns to Huddersfield to look at the drugs trade in light of the fatal police shooting of known criminal Yassar Yaqub.

Khan was jailed for 26 years in May after he was convicted of the murder of Amriz Iqbal.

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The documentary sees journalist Mobeen Azhar return to the town he grew up in, talking to various members of the community about the shooting.

But as Mobeen notices a trend in gun crime and violence in the community, the documentary goes on to explore how these are intrinsically linked to drugs.

At one, Mobeen describes Huddersfield as looking "like a war zone".

Yassar Yaqub, who was killed in a police shooting on the M62 in January 2017.

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Mobeen also speaks to Bradford-based imam Alyas Karmani, who is committed to raising awareness of drug dealing in local mosques.

He tells the presenter: "One of my mosques is in Huddersfield in that area. [Yaqub] was known for being involved in criminal behaviour. This is something which was public knowledge, so there was very little sympathy for him.

"Some people described him as a plastic gangster. We've got wannabe gangsters who love the whole persona that's involved with that criminal lifestyle. The money, the clothes, the women, the cars.

"And, you know, almost aspiring to that kind of Scarface-type persona."

Hometown:A Killing is available on BBC Three on iPlayer now.