East London public warned over wanted men

Wanted criminals in East London

Three men, who have allegedly committed violent crimes abroad, have close links to east London, according to the Metropolitan police.

The  men are being sought by the Met’s Operation Sunfire, which aims to trace and extradite suspects so that they can face justice abroad.

The Met are urging the public to be vigilant but cautious.  The men are “considered dangerous and should not be approached.”

The three, pictured above, are from left to right:  Mehmoud Farah, 52, Ion Ciprian Bobocel, 27 and Michal Smolen, 26, who are wanted in Italy, Romania and Poland respectively for offences committed in those countries.

Farah, who is wanted for a sexual assault on a man whilst threatening him with a knife, has particularly close links to New Cross and Lewisham, said police. He originally comes from Egypt, and speaks Arabic and Italian.

Bobocel, who is wanted for robbery and assault, is believed to be in the east London area. Smolen, from Poland, is wanted for grievous bodily harm, beating his victim and causing head and body injuries.

They are among fourteen men, aged 23 to 52, being sought by Operation  Sunfire  who are wanted in countries such as Albania, Australia and Georgia. Their alleged crimes include murder, drug supply and rape.

Detective Sergeant Pete Rance urged the public to contact the police if they have any information. He said: “It is in the interests of London to help find them.”

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of any of these men is asked to contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Details of all suspects can be found here: www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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