A HOSPITAL doctor suspended from his duties after being charged with exposing himself in public may have gone on the run, police believe.
Cops are now appealing for information relating to the whereabouts of Dr Ahmed Sharaf, formerly of Victoria Crescent, Burton, after he failed to attend Burton Magistrates’ Court earlier this month to enter a plea to a charge of indecent exposure.
A warrant was issued for his arrest, but the search for him has not yielded any clues.
Sergeant Bob Champeau, of Burton Police, (pictured right) believes Dr Sharaf could have gone abroad.
He said: “We have been looking for him on a daily basis but he doesn’t appear to be in Burton. We don’t know where he is.
“Obviously we are keen to find him and bring him to the courts, and any information would be gratefully received.
“He has moved out of the address we had for him.
“He has possibly gone on the run and may even be abroad.”
Dr Sharaf, who is believed to work in Burton’s Queen’s Hospital’s accident and emergency department, was originally charged with exposing himself on Friday, July 19.
The alleged incident is said to have happened at 5.40pm on Sunday, June 9 in Station Street, close to Burton Railway Station.
It is thought Dr Sharaf worked as a speciality doctor in emergency medicine at Queen’s.
Craig Stenhouse, medical director at Queen’s Hospital, previously confirmed Dr Sharaf had been suspended from his duties pending the outcome of the case.
Anyone with information relating to the whereabouts of Dr Sharaf can contact Staffordshire Police on 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555111.
Police were unable to provide a photograph of Dr Sharaf at the time the Mail went to press.