Police warn public over missing mental health patient

A mental health patient who has been missing from a care unit in Chichester for more than a day should not be approached by the public, police have warned.

Jason Merriman Credit: Sussex Police

Jason Merriman, 43, is a compulsory patient at The Oaklands Centre for Acute Care in Chichester, West Sussex. He went out on unescorted leave at 12.45pm on Friday and has failed to return, a Sussex Police spokesman said.

Inspector Robert Moore said: "Jason's behaviour may be erratic and irrational due to his mental condition."

Mr Merriman is white, 6ft 2in, broad, with short brown hair. He was last seen wearing a dark blue long-sleeved sweatshirt, green camouflage trousers and black training shoes with white socks.

He has links across the south coast including Chichester, Southampton, and Brighton, and he might visit the Isle of Wight, the spokesman added.