Man missing from mental health unit

Blackpool Citizen: People have been warned not to approach Anthony Knowles, who has absconded from a mental health centre (Metropolitan Police/PA) People have been warned not to approach Anthony Knowles, who has absconded from a mental health centre (Metropolitan Police/PA)

People are being warned not to approach a man who absconded from a mental health unit.

Anthony Knowles, 48, was on escorted leave from the facility in Homerton, east London, when he went missing yesterday, the Metropolitan Police said.

Knowles, who walks with a limp, is 5ft 8in, heavily built and has tattoos on both arms and a scar across his left eye.

He was wearing a light grey tracksuit and a black cap when he was last seen.

People are advised not to approach Knowles but to call 999 if they see him.

It comes after a convicted killer and rapist absconded from the John Howard Centre in Hackney, east London, last month.

Officers launched a manhunt after Samuel Lee, 44, failed to return to the mental health centre from an authorised trip on May 29.

Lee, who is serving a life sentence for snatching and raping a 31-year-old cerebral palsy sufferer in north London in 2000, a decade after he was jailed for manslaughter for stabbing a man to death in 1989, was arrested three days later after being found in Eastbourne, Sussex.

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