Police hunting west London for potentially dangerous convict

Officials believe convict detained under Mental Health Act could pose risk to the general public if not found soon

Image: Matthew Barnard

Police are still hunting for a dangerous convict a week after he ran off from his handlers in Ealing Broadway while on escorted leave.

Matthew Barnard, 43, absconded from Barclays bank in Ealing Broadway on 23 April shortly after midday. Barclays is his last known location.

Barnard is detained under Section 37 and Section 41 of the Mental Health Act following a conviction for assault.

Officers and medical professionals are concerned at his lack of access to medication and the risk he may pose without it. They want to return him to a secure unit at Ealing Hospital as soon as possible.

Members of the public are warned not to approach him. Instead they should call 999 immediately quoting the reference 2984/23APR24.

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