Met Police Launch Manhunt For Convicted Robber Who Has Escaped A Mental Health Facility

A convicted robber with a track record of violence has escaped from a mental health facility in London. Police have launched a manhunt to find James Manley and have warned the public against approaching him.


48-year-old James Manley has escaped from a mental health facility in London
48-year-old James Manley has escaped from a mental health facility in London

Officers have launched a manhunt for 48-year-old James Manley, who was last seen in Victoria Park, east London on June 8, at 11.15 am.


Police are warning the public that if they see the convicted robber, who has escaped from a mental health unit to stay away from him.



Manley was detained under the Mental Health Act two years ago after being convicted of a robbery, police said.


Authorities said that they believe Manley fled the mental health facility and travelled through Waterloo Station this afternoon.


He is described as a male of large build, bald, with lots of scars on his head. He was last seen wearing a black jacket, white trainers, grey shorts, a black T-shirt, and glasses.


It was reported by the BBC in 2003 that the same man escaped from the John Howard Centre, a psychiatric hospital in Crozier Terrace, Hackney. He was committed here in 1996 after being convicted of robbery and trying to strangle an 83-year-old woman, police at the time labelled him as a "major threat to women".



Police are advising the public not to approach him and, if spotted, call 999 immediately, quoting CAD 2982/08June.


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