The Yorkshire man and woman on the national Most Wanted list

There are two people from Yorkshire on the National Crime Agency’s most wanted list.

The agency, which focuses on serious and organised crime and pursues criminals deemed to pose the greatest risk to the UK, is searching for a man and a woman who both failed to face their crimes in court.

Their crimes – not connected – range from fraud and drug dealing to offences relating to a property conspiracy.

Members of the public are being warned by the National Crime Agency (NCA) not to approach any of the people on this list.

Instead you should call independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111, if you know the whereabouts of a wanted fugitive.

Shazad Ghafoor

Shazad Ghafoor
(Image: NCA)

In August 2013, Ghafoor, a disqualified driver, took a courtesy car from a dealership in Manchester using a driving license in another person’s name. Police spotted the car and the pursuit ended when he crashed in the Halifax area.

Officers recovered cash to the value of £80,000-100,000 and there were traces of heroin, cocaine and cannabis on the notes. He was charged with fraud, possession of criminal property, dangerous driving and disqualified driving.

After a vehicle was searched in Withington, Manchester, in 2013, cannabis worth £245,000 was found and he was also charged with possession of cannabis with intent to supply.

Ghafoor, who is described as an Asian male, 5ft11 and of medium build, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving in May 2014 and he was due to appear at court in February 2015 in relation to the other charges but failed to answer his bail and a warrant was issued for his arrest.

In addition to this, he was charged with possession of cannabis with intent to supply in relation to a separate seizure of cannabis worth £24,000 that was found at a house on Kingsway Avenue, Burnage, Manchester, in September 2014.

Ghafoor was due to appear in court but failed to answer his bail and another warrant was issued.

Ghafoor has pockmark on his right cheek, scar on the right of his nose and a scar on top of his right hand.

Sarah Panitzke

Sarah Panitzke
Sarah Panitzke
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Panitzke, who is responsible for laundering approximately £1billion pounds, is wanted by HMRC for conspiracy to acquire criminal property.

The 42-year-old was a senior member of a crime group involved in a VAT fraud and she controlled the accounts of many companies remotely via different IP addresses.

Panitzke travelled extensively to further the fraud to places including Dubai, Spain and Andorra.

She absconded in May 2013 before the end of her trial and was convicted in her absence.

She was sentenced to eight years on 22 August 2013 and 18 members of the crime group received sentences totalling 135 years.

Panitzke is described as 170cm tall, slim build with mousey straight hair, blue eyes and has a Yorkshire accent.

YorkshireLive – Halifax