Child rapist on the run after bolting from court

A manhunt is under way for a convicted sex offender who fled court moments before being found guilty of offences against a child.

Tariq Javed, 37, of Aspinall Street, Rusholme, absconded from Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court on February 29 while the jury was deliberating verdicts.

He was found guilty in his absence of eight counts of sexual activity with a child under the age 13.

A sentence date was fixed for March 21 and a warrant for his arrest was issued.

He is known to have links to the Stockport and Manchester areas.

Detective Inspector Ian Cottrell said: ‘Javed has been convicted of incredibly serious offences committed against children.

‘He is thought to be a flight risk and warnings have been put in place at ports and airports to ensure he does not escape the country but faces punishment for his atrocious crimes.

‘I would like to make very clear that anyone found to be sheltering Javed will face arrest and prosecution.’

Anyone with information of Javed’s whereabouts should call police on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.

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