A mother and daughter from Stoke, along with another woman from Birmingham have been charged with murder and will stand trial in September.

TikTok influencer Mahek Bukhari, 22, her mother Ansreen Bukhari, 45, and Natasha Akhtar appeared in the dock at Leicester Magistrates Court following the crash on the A46 dual carriageway in Leicestershire in the early hours of last Friday morning.

Akhtar, of Alum Rock Road, and Ansreen and Mahek, both of George Eardley Close, Stoke-on-Trent, were remanded into custody by the judge until a plea hearing on March 18.

The daughter has more than 120,000 followers on TikTok and 43,000 on Instagram, where she poses in a variety of outfits and make-up tutorials. Many of her posts show her modelling outfits in adverts for popular brands.

Mohammed Hashim Ijazuddin, known as Hashim, and Saqib Hussain had been travelling in a silver Skoda Fabia when it left the carriageway and smashed through a central reservation.

Both men were pronounced dead at the scene.

Leicestershire Police said initial inquiries found that two other cars were reported to have been travelling in the area at the time of the collision – a grey Audi TT and a blue Seat Leon.

Officers also arrested two men from Leicester, Raees Jamal, 21, of Lingdale Close, and Rekan Karwan, 28, of Tomlin Road, on suspicion of murder. The men are currently in police custody.

A JustGiving page has been set-up in memory of the two men, with an Islamic charity raising funds to build a mosque in their name.

Detective Chief Inspector Tony Yarwood added: “Anyone who was travelling in the area in the early hours and has any dashcam footage, we are urging you to come forward.

“We are working to piece together the movements of all the cars involved and any footage of them will help our investigation.”



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