POLICE are appealing for information to help find a man who absconded from a secure hospital in Ealing.

Mosa Jamal Abid was on escorted leave in a newsagents in Uxbridge Road when he ran off at approximately 3pm on Easter Monday.

He is believed to have fled eastbound along Uxbridge Road before possibly entering Brent Lodge Park.

The area was searched but he could not be found. Officers are continuing to search the area.

The 26-year-old was last seen wearing a navy hooded jacket, with black trousers and blue trainers.

Mosa can be violent and, if seen, he should not be approached.

He requires medication for a health condition and might attend a hospital for help. It is also possible he may approach mosques during the Iftar period for food or drink.

Det Insp Alistair Stillgoe said: "I recognise this will cause concern in the community. However, I want to assure you we have officers working round the clock to find Mosa and return him to hospital as soon as possible."

Anyone with information is asked to call 999 quoting CAD 3873/10Apr.