Hunt for man who ‘defecated’ in cricketer Azeem Rafiq’s garden


Police are searching for this man (left) in relation to a hate crime involving Azeem Rafiq (right) (Picture: South Yorkshire Police / Getty)

Police are looking for a man in connection with reports somebody defecated in the garden of cricketer Azeem Rafiq.

Earlier this month, Mr Rafiq spoke in Parliament and told MPs about the incident at his Barnsley home.

He also described the difficulties his family has faced since revealing the racism he encountered in the sport back in 2020.

During the session, the former Yorkshire County Cricket bowler said: ‘The downside and the difficult bits have been that my family has been the target of abuse, threats and attacks.

‘Recently at my family house there was a bloke in broad daylight who, basically, walked in and out of the garden on the phone before defecating.

‘Bringing a loo roll. And, it looked all very planned.’

Mr Rafiq said that in another incident a man was seen late at night near his home, circling with what looked like a chain in his hand.


Our Barnsley team is looking to identify the man pictured, in connection with a reported hate crime. At 6.18pm on 5 October, it?s reported that a man defecated in the front garden of an address on Gawber Road, Barnsley. It is believed that the incident, which is classed as a public order offence, is racially motivated. We are looking to speak to this man as we believe he could help us progress our enquiries.

Police are looking to identify this man (Picture: South Yorkshire Police)


KARACHI, PAKISTAN - DECEMBER 21: Azeem Rafiq, the former Yorkshire cricketer and campaigner pictured in the main stand at the United Bank Limited cricket ground on December 21, 2022 in Karachi, Pakistan. (Photo by Philip Brown/Popperfoto/Popperfoto via Getty Images)

Rafiq has spoken out about the horrific racism he faced whilst at Yorkshire (Picture: Philip Brown/Popperfoto/Popperfoto via Getty Images)


Former Yorkshire County Cricket Club cricketer Azeem Rafiq in front of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee at the House of Commons, London, on the subject of racism in cricket. Picture date: Tuesday December 13, 2022. PA Photo. See PA story CRICKET Racism. Photo credit should read: House of Commons/PA Wire

Azeem Rafiq speaking in front of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee at the House of Commons, on the subject of racism in cricket (Picture: PA)


LEEDS, ENGLAND - JULY 01: Azeem Rafiq of Yorkshire Vikings celebrates the final wicket to win the NatWest T20 Blast match between Yorkshire Vikings and Lancashire Lightning at Headingley on July 1, 2016 in Leeds, England. (Photo by Daniel Smith/Getty Images)

The ex-Yorkshire cricketer has previously spoken about the racism he faced at the club (Picture: Getty)

‘If I was to look at 13 months on from me opening my heart out, all that’s changed really is that me and my family have been driven out of the country,’ he told the MPs. ‘And that’s a sad element of it.’

On Thursday, South Yorkshire Police said officers were looking into an incident in Barnsley on October 5, which it described as a hate crime.

The force issued a picture of a man they want to speak to.

It said in a statement: ‘At 6.18pm on 5 October, it’s reported that a man defecated in the front garden of an address on Gawber Road, Barnsley.

‘It is believed that the incident, which is classed as a public order offence, is racially motivated.

‘We are looking to speak to this man as we believe he could help us progress our enquiries.’

Anyone who recognises the man is asked to contact police online or call 101, quoting incident 726 of October 12.

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