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Hunt for 'dangerous' escaped psychiatric patient

Police are hunting a "dangerous" man who committed a spate of offences after absconding from a psychiatric hospital this morning.

Paul Williams, 48, was last seen near Woolwich Arsenal station at 1.40pm this afternoon Credit: Metropolitan Police

The public has been warned not to approach Paul Williams, who assaulted two members of staff at a psychiatric hospital in Woolwich before leaving the facility, the Metropolitan Police said.

The 48-year-old, who speaks with an American accent, later assaulted the driver of a car before stealing the vehicle and burgling a home in Woolwich, police said.

Williams, who is around 6ft 3 ins tall and of large build, was last seen near Woolwich Arsenal station at 1:40pm. He was wearing a black top with black shorts and white trainers and carrying a maroon suitcase.

Neither the car driver nor the victim of the burglary needed hospital treatment. The car has since been abandoned.

Any sightings of Williams should be reported to the police on 999 quoting reference 14mis042920.

Police officer charged

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A police officer accused of being drunk and disorderly has also been charged with attempting to resist arrest and obstructing police, Scotland Yard said.

Mark Toulson, 33, a serving Metropolitan Police officer from Wandsworth, will appear at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court on December 12.

He is charged with being drunk and disorderly, using threatening behaviour, two counts of assault with intent to resist arrest and obstructing police.

He was arrested in Wimbledon High Street on Thursday while off-duty and later charged and released on bail.

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police: "The status of the officer will be reviewed in due course.

"Officers from Merton are investigating the matter.

"The Directorate of Professional Standards has been informed as a matter of course."

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Attacking dog stabbed and killed by police officer

The dog is not believed to be a dangerous or banned breed

A police officer has been forced to stab and kill a dog after it started attacking him at an address in Lewisham.

Detectives were carrying out a drug search warrant at the address in Lonsdale Close at around 6:20 am this morning when the dog clamped its jaws around the 39 year old's leg.

The trainee Detective Constable was forced to use CS spray, but it still refused to let go. The officer, who resorted to using a knife, has been taken to hospital for surgery and is in a stable condition.

The dog is not believed to be a dangerous or banned breed at this stage. No drugs were found at the property and no arrests were made.

A complaint has been made about the officer and the incident is being investigated.

Former Lewisham children's home worker jailed

Cowan was also jailed for 12 and a half years in 1994 on 16 counts.

A former children's home worker has been jailed for eight years for sexually six children more than 40 years ago.

John Cowan from Lewisham indecently assaulted children at a home in Ealing, where he was a house father, between 1971 and 1973.

Detectives are now asking for more of his victims to come forward.

Cowan took advantage of his senior position at the home to abuse a number of vulnerable children, the majority of whom had already suffered heartache and trauma in their short lives and should have been in a trusted environment.

I praise the courage of the victims in coming forward and reliving this very difficult period in their lives, forced to give evidence in open court by Cowan's refusal to admit to his crimes.

– Detective Constable Cathy Hewitson
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