POLICE are seeking a man in relation to a serious assault on a woman.

Bishop Auckland Police released a photograph of Michael Francis on Facebook earlier this month, and appealed to anyone aware of his whereabouts to get in touch.

On Wednesday, officers issued a fresh plea for help to trace Mr Francis, of Escomb, Bishop Auckland.

The 27-year-old is wanted in connection with a serious assault on woman, which occurred on May 6.

A police spokeswoman said: “Francis knows that he is wanted and is actively evading police. Harbouring a suspect is a criminal offence.”

Anyone with any information should contact Durham Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800-555-111.