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Tuesday, 12 April 2016

MENTAL HEALTH PATIENT ESCAPES FROM HACKNEY SECURE UNIT




A MENTAL health patient has escaped from a mental health unit in Hackney, east London, police have said.

The public has warned the public not to approach 25-year-old Cornell Destouche, who has a history of violence, and to call 999 immediately if he is spotted.

Destouche, who was last seen on Sunday (April 10) at 5pm after he fled from a minicab during a period of escorted leave, requires daily medication to control his paranoid schizophrenia.

According to reports, he was being treated at the John Howard Centre in Homerton.

Detective Inspector Paul Ridley, from Hackney CID, said: "Extensive efforts are being made to trace Cornell Destouche.

"He has a history of violence and could pose a threat if confronted. If you see him please do not approach or challenge him but dial 999 immediately."

Destouche was last spotted at a junction between The Drive and Churchill Road, Walthamstow, also in east London.

He is described as black, 5ft 11in tall (1.8m), of medium build, with braided hair and a black beard.

CCTV footage from the day he disappeared showed him wearing a black and grey T-shirt, blue jacket, blue jeans and navy trainers. He was also carrying a grey rucksack.

He is known to have ties to east London, including Leyton, Barking, Hackney and Newham.

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