Metropolitan Police warning over Homerton absconder

Anthony Knowles Anthony Knowles was wearing a light grey tracksuit when he was last seen

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 on Saturday, the Metropolitan Police said.

Knowles, who walks with a limp, is 5ft 8in (1.73m) tall, heavily built and has tattoos on both arms and a scar across his left eye.

People are advised to call 999 if they see him.

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

The warning 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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