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Dangerous sex offender disappears from mental health facility in east London

Police are appealing for information after a dangerous sex offender disappeared from a mental health facility while on escorted leave.

Anthony Abolarionwa Credit: Met Police

Met Police have urged members of the public not to approach Anthony Abolarionwa, who has not been seen since he escaped while on escorted leave from the John Howard Centre.

Abolarionwa was detained for sexual assault, false imprisonment and kidnapping offences at the facility in Hackney, east London. He went missing on Sunday.

He was on escorted leave and was last seen in Chatsworth Road, E9, when he went missing.

He is black, around 6ft 3inches tall and was wearing a khaki T-shirt, navy jumper, blue denim jeans and bright red trainers.

Members of the public are advised not to approach Abolarionwa and if they see him call 999 immediately.

It is thought Abolarionwa may still be in the east London area.

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Where's Wally? He's in Victoria Park in Hackney

Wallys warm-up Credit: ITV News

He is normally tricky to spot, but around 800 people dressed up as Where's Wally were in Victoria Park in Hackney today.

The National Literacy Trust held a fun run, calling on everyone to wear bobble hats, stripy tops and glasses to raise money for the charity.

These funds will be put into improving literacy in deprived communities across the UK.

Dogs getting in the spirit Credit: ITV News

There was a 5K and 10K event and people could either walk, jog or run their way around the park.

Last year over a thousand Wallys took part, raising more than £60,000 for the National Literacy Trust.

That money provides books and storytelling events for children from low-income homes and one-to-one support for parents who are not confident with literacy.

Getting ready to run Credit: ITV News


18-year-old arrested after stabbing in Hackney

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An 18-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of being in possession of an offensive weapon and affray, following a stabbing in Hackney.

He is in custody at an east London police station.

A Hackney resident posted this picture online of the scene after police were called to Chatsworth Road at about 11.30pm yesterday.

Officers were met by a masked mob who threw missiles.

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Police attacked by bottle-throwing mob in east London

A masked mob pelted police with missiles as they attended the scene of a stabbing.

The "volatile" crowd of around 30 people covered their faces and threw bottles at officers during the incident in Hackney last night.

Police were called to Chatsworth Road at around 11.30pm after an 18-year-old man suffered stab wounds to his upper body.

No officers were injured during the trouble, while one pursued and apprehended a suspect "despite continuing threats from a volatile crowd", a Metropolitan Police spokesperson said.

Residents saw 'man on fire in the street'

The burnt out van on Mare Street, Hackney Credit: ITV News

Residents in Hackney told ITV News London they heard two loud bangs before seeing a man "on fire in the street".

The man, who is in his thirties and was working nearby in Mare Street, is fighting for his life in hospital.

Four fire engines and around 20 firefighters attended the scene at around 12:15pm.

The blaze, which also damaged the ground floor of a nearby shop, was brought under control after just over an hour.

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