January 6, 2023 1.00 pm This story is over 10 months old

Man who trafficked children in Lincoln missing from prison for nearly two months

Police are urging people not to approach him

A man who became the first male to be convicted of trafficking children under what were new modern slavery laws in 2018 is still at large, nearly two months after going missing from an open prison in Derbyshire.

Zakaria Mohammed, 26, was previously jailed for 14 years after admitting running a narcotics supply chain and trafficking two boys and a girl to deal on his behalf.

Children, who had previously been reported as missing, were discovered inside flats in Lincoln when police carried out raids and recovered money, drugs and weapons.

Derbyshire Police released an appeal for information on November 18, 2022 after the convict escaped from HMP Sudbury.

Mohammed was found to be missing from the prison on November 11, 2022 and police are urging people not to approach him.

Nearly two months on and the force confirmed to The Lincolnite on January 6, 2023, that “Zakaria Mohammed currently remains outstanding.”

They said: “We’re working closely with colleagues at West Midlands Police and enquiries are ongoing. We’d urge anyone with any information to contact us, quoting reference 1056 of November 11.”

Mohammed is described by police as five foot, eight inches tall, and of slim build, and he has links to the Birmingham area.

Anyone who sees Mohammed is asked not to approach him and to instead contact Derbyshire Police quoting reference 1056 of November 11.

Information can also be reported by phoning 101 or via Facebook, Twitter, and the force’s website using an online contact form.

Alternatively, information can be reported through the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online here.

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