A HUSBAND and wife have appeared before Blackburn magistrates charged with drug offences, possession of an unlicensed shotgun and having custody of a fighting dog.

Imtiaz Hussain, 25, of Monk Street, Accrington, and Shamsa Hussain, 23, of India Street, Accrington, are jointly charged with possession of a 12 bore Winchester shotgun without a certificate, handling stolen goods, the shotgun, an iPad and a motorbike, possessing cocaine and cannabis with intent to supply, producing cannabis and possession of cannabis. Imtiaz Hussain is also charged with escaping from lawful custody. Both were sent to Burnley Crown Court where they will appear on October 25 Imtiaz Hussain was remanded in custody and Shamsa Hussain on bail.