Met in bid to trace man after he failed to appear at court

Police are appealing for help to trace a man who failed to appear at court.

Joao Francisco, 43, is wanted after failing to appear at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court on Monday, July 15 charged with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl.

He is known to frequent the Barking area.

If you have any information as to his whereabouts please call officers in the CID at the East Area Command Unit via 101. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

In the case of an immediate sighting of Francisco, please dial 999.

Mick Ferris

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