Police appeal for help to trace Worthing man

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SUSSEX Police are seeking a Worthing man in connection with a fatal hit and run road traffic collision in October and are appealing for help in tracing him.

Imran Shaukat, 26, whose last known address was Brougham Road, Worthing, fled the scene of the collision in Hassocks on Saturday, October 22. It is believed that he initially travelled to Luton and then to South London.

Police were called to the A273, London Road, Hassocks at around 4.40am following a report of a man lying in the road. When officers arrived it was discovered that 23-year-old Kalan Fletcher, who had been walking his friend home, had died as a result of a collision. A Ford van, which is believed to have been involved in the collision, was recovered in Worthing later that day.

Sergeant Pete Verney of Sussex Police’s Roads Policing Unit said: “We would like to speak to Mr Shaukat in connection with the collision. We know that in the days following the collision he was in Luton and the Whitechapel and Norwood areas of London. We have been working closely with our colleagues in other areas of the country but have so far been unable to locate him.

“Mr Shaukat is a Pakistani national who has lived in the UK for four years. In that time he has forged many friendships and acquaintances. It is to these people that I make a personal appeal.

“While I understand your allegiance to Mr Shaukat, I would ask you to consider the family and friends of Kalan Fletcher. They are at loss and cannot begin to move on while Mr Shaukat continues to hide.

“I urge anyone who knows of his whereabouts to get in contact directly with the police or anonymously through Crimestoppers. Any information provided will be treated in confidence.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact Sussex Police on 101 quoting Operation Primary or anonymously to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.