Appeal to trace wanted man

Officers from the Metropolitan Police’s Extradition Unit are appealing for information to trace a man who is wanted in Italy.

Abdullah Popalzai, aged 26, is wanted in Italy on a European Arrest Warrant on suspicion of rape. It is alleged he sexually assaulted a female in the city of Lecco on 30 August 2014.

Detectives believe Popalzai, who was born in Afghanistan, has links to the Dagenham area.

Due to the nature of the offences Popalzai is wanted for, the police warn that members of the public should not to approach him.

Anyone with information on Popalzai’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Met’s Extradition Unit on 020 7230 3191 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111

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