The police are appealing for any information on Imran Khaliq, 38, who has been on the run after he was found guilty of two counts of rape.

He has been on the run for about a month after a re-trial took place on 23 February 2018 at Bradford Crown Court for the rape of a teenage girl.

He was due to appear in court but failed to turn up, and in his absence a warrant has been issued by Judge Colin Burn.

The authorities have been trying to track down Khaliq as the jury gave the guilty verdict, but he is yet to be found.

The police have now asked the public to help bring this man to justice.

He is described as an Asian Male, 5 ft 6 inch tall and slim build. He also has connections in Greater Manchester.

At Khaliq’s first trial, the jurors were told by CPS Sophie Drake that Khaliq had told the victim that he would smash a bottle over her head if she cried out and he also forced cocaine up her nose.

She further said: Khaliq locked the 17-year-old victim in his attic and held her in a headlock then told her: “You know what I am going to do now,” he then raped her repeatedly.

Detective Chief Inspector Paula Bickerdike, said: “We are appealing to the public to help us trace Khaliq, who is due to be sentenced in his absence later this year.

“It is important that he faces justice for this serious offence and enquiries to trace him are ongoing.

“There is no information at this time which suggests he poses a risk to the public, but we would ask for anyone who sees him not to approach him and to contact police on 101, so he can be brought back before the courts to be sentenced for this offence.”