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5 July 2011, 09:26
Police in Manchester are appealing for help tracking down a man who admitted child sex offences.
Hafiz Zeeshan Ikram from Essex admitted sexual activity with a child in a house in Manchester, the girl was 15 years old.
He was due to be sentenced at Manchester Crown Court on 24 June 2011, but failed to show up.
A bench warrant has been issued for his arrest.
Detective Constable Steve Smith, from the Child Protection Unit, said:
'Ikram has admitted a very serious offence but has failed to attend court to face his punishment.
'For the sake of his victim, and to ensure justice is done, it is vitally important we find him.
'If anyone has seen him or knows where he is please call us.
'I also want to make it clear that anyone found assisting him could land themselves in serious trouble.'