Police Appeal – Man wanted in connection with sexual assault

Police are appealing for the public’s help to trace a man whom officers want to speak to in connection with a sexual assault.

Atif Rafiq (born 01/04/1982), of Bury, is wanted in connection with a report of kidnap with intent to commit a sexual offence following an incident that took place in the Bury area in September 2013.

Officers have been trying to locate Rafiq’s whereabouts for some time however he has so far failed to surrender to police.

It is possible he may be in Pakistan but officers cannot rule out he has remained in Greater Manchester and are appealing to anyone who knows of his whereabouts to come forward.

Detective Constable Chris Maddocks, from the Serious Sexual Offences Unit, said: “Rafiq worked as a taxi driver in the Bury area and someone will know him or will have seen him or continue to be in contact with him.

“I would appeal for those individuals with knowledge of him to come forward, either by calling me directly or anonymously to Crimestoppers as it is absolutely imperative that we find him.”

Anyone who does have information is asked to call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.