Public Warned Not to Approach Missing Mental Patient

Timothy Saunders absconded from secure unit at Charing Cross

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Police are appealing for help in tracing a man who has absconded from a local secure mental health unit.

Timothy Saunders, 40, went missing on Thursday, July 29 from the Hammersmith and Fulham Mental Health Unit attached to Charing Cross Hospital in Fulham Palace Road.

It is believed he still could be in the capital and has contacts in the City of London.

Officers have advised members of the public not to approach him, but to call 999 immediately.

They describe him is a black male, around 5ft 9ins and of large build.  When last seen, he was wearing a blue and white Argentina jersey with blue jeans and white trainers.

On January 27 this year, Saunders was convicted at West London Magistrates' Court of assaulting a police officer in June 2009.

He was then made subject to a Hospital Order (under the Mental Health Act).

Anyone who may have seen him or has information on his whereabouts is asked to call Enfield Police on 0300 123 1212; if you wish to remain anonymous please call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

For an immediate sighting, call 999.

August 2, 2010