POLICE are appealing for information to help locate a man who absconded from a secure hospital unit in Horley and is possibly in Worthing.
Luke Elsmore, 23, disappeared from Farmfield Hospital in Horley at around 10am on Friday, December 27.
Extensive searches have been carried out to find Mr Elsmore and the Worthing area remains a key focus of attention.
Surrey Police is working closely with officers from Sussex Police to locate him.
Mr Elsmore is described as white, around 6 ft 2 in, of stocky build with short black hair. He was wearing a navy blue jumper, jogging bottoms and black trainers when he was last seen.
Mr Elsmore, had been detained under a section 37 Mental Health Act order and requires various medications.
He does have a history of violence and although there is no indication of any direct threat to the public, anyone who believes they may have seen him are urged not to approach him but to phone police immediately on 101 (or 999 in an emergency).
Anyone with information about his whereabouts, who doesn’t want to speak to the police, can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.