Monday, 2 November 2009

Derby rapist on the loose

Derby rapist Imtiaz Hussain

An illegal immigrant rapist was on the run today after escaping guards while being taken to the toilet.

Imtiaz Hussain, 44, said to be a 'serious threat to women', was being escorted to the Pakistan High Commission in London when he fled.

He had been at a meeting to get a new passport so he could be deported at the end of nine-year sentence for trying to rape two women at knifepoint.

Hussain was being escorted by security guards from G4S Care and Justice Services when he fled the building through a window on Friday afternoon.

He was last seen running across Sloane Square.

A Home Office spokesman said they could not confirm whether he had been handcuffed at the time, or how many security officers were with him before he escaped.

DCI Brent Lancaster said: 'This individual is believed to be very dangerous and we need to apprehend him as soon as possible.

'If anyone sees him, please don’t approach him, but alert the police immediately.”

Hussain, a failed asylum seeker, is described as Asian, around 5ft 5in tall and of medium to chubby build with dark, short hair. He was wearing a blue T-shirt, blue jeans and white trainers.

He was jailed for rape and false imprisonment after the two attacks, which took place in the space of a week in Derby in 2004.

Sentencing him at the time, Judge David Pugsley said: 'I am concerned that he presents a serious threat to women.'

Police hunting the rapist believe he could have headed back to Derby.

Anyone with any information has been asked to call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111

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