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3 January 2019, 19:14
A specialist team will search the River Trent in Burton on Saturday (January 5) as efforts continue to find a 27-year-old man from the town.
Members of Staffordshire Search and Rescue Team (SSART) are working with police officers to search sections of the River Trent.
Staffordshire Police say the last known mobile phone activity of Nazakat Hussain in the Burton area was on the evening of the 17th October 2018 at approximately 6pm. At this time it was possible he was near St Peters Bridge which crosses the River Trent.
Nazakat is described as Asian, 5ft 8ins tall, of slim build. He has short spiked black hair and a tidy beard and was last seen wearing black jeans, black jumper, grey bomber jacket and black Nike trainers.
He is believed to have had a rose gold iPhone 8 in a rose gold glitter case and a Pakistani passport (green) with him.
The upstream point of the search on the Trent is Ferry Bridge (a pedestrian bridge) and downstream points are both weirs – one at Burton Bridge and one at The Sump pub.
Detective Inspector John Quilty, of Staffordshire Police is leading the investigation into Nazakat’s disappearance.
“I’d like to thank Steve Hill and members of the Staffordshire Search and Rescue Team for their help in conducting this search. The Staffordshire Search and Rescue Team is a hugely valuable asset to the police in these circumstances and they regularly support us in these difficult investigations.
“They are a volunteer based organisation and I would like to personally thank them for their vital assistance. We’re increasingly concerned for Nazakat and determined to find answers.”
Nazakat's wife Samaira said:
"I would urge anyone who knows of my husband Nazakat's whereabouts to please contact the police or our family to let us know he is safe. He has been gone for over three months now and we are really unsure as to where he might be and if he is safe. Please, if anyone can help, please do so, I simply wish to know that he is well."