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Concerns as patient flees Calderstones Hospital mental health unit
A PATIENT is being hunted by police after going on the run from a mental health unit.
David Noble, 23, was living at Calderstones Hospital, Whalley, but fled the site last Friday.
He went missing from the unit at 1.30pm and was last seen at Blackburn Railway Station later that day. CCTV images show him at the station.
Police said that Noble is vulnerable and as such is potentially prone to violent outbursts.
He has family connections in the Salford area of Greater Manchester and police believe he may have travelled there.
He also has connections in Stoke-on-Trent.
Det Chief Inspector Dean Holden, of Blackburn Police, said: “David hasn’t been seen for more than three days and we are growing increasingly worried about him.
“I would appeal for anyone who has seen him, recognises the description, or knows where he might be to get in touch with us.
“In addition to David’s vulnerability his behaviour can be unpredictable and potentially violent and as such he may pose a threat to members of the public. If David is seen he should not be approached and the police should be contacted immediately on 999.”
A Calderstones spokesman said: “David Noble is an inpatient in the non-secure service at Calderstones.
“He left the hospital on Friday without the knowledge of staff and took the 13.50 train from Whalley, getting off at Blackburn station but has not been seen since. David is a vulnerable adult and his clinical team are concerned for his own safety. They therefore immediately alerted the local police and asked for their assistance in locating him.
“The hospital has implemented its procedures for dealing with these situations and the clinical team are in touch with David’s family.
“Because David has been without the care and treatment provided by Calderstones for three days, we are increasingly concerned about his welfare and this could contribute to him being unpredictable. Calderstones routinely undertakes an internal review of the circumstances following events of this nature.”
He is described as five feet nine ins tall, of medium build, with short, brown wavy hair and part of the front of his head is shaved.
He walks with a distinctive gait which may make him appear clumsy.
He was last seen wearing a khaki hooded top, black jogging pants and black trainers.
He sometimes wears glasses. He was carrying a Marks and Spencers carrier bag.
Anyone who sees David should call the police on 101.
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