Missing killer found - almost 300 miles away

Steven Dunne
Steven Dunne

A KILLER who went missing from a low security unit in Hellingly has been found and returned to hospital.

A police appeal was issued when Steven Dunne, 42, went missing from Southview Low Secure Unit at around 5pm on Wednesday (September 28).

Dunne was receiving treatment at the hospital, after being convicted of manslaughter by diminished responsibility and ordered by the court to be detained under the Mental Health Act.

The Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust said Dunne was a low risk to himself and the public but needed to take regular medication.

Police issued a description but the search ended when Dunne entered Bootle Street police station in Manchester on Saturday morning (October 1).

Sussex Partnership and Sussex Police have thanked the public for their strong support as Dunne is due to be returned safely to hospital today.

Lisa Rodrigues, chief executive of Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, said, “We were concerned for Mr Dunne’s welfare and we worked closely with Sussex Police throughout their investigation.

“Mr Dunne recognised that he needed help and that’s why he came forward to police in Manchester. I would like to extend my personal thanks to the public for their understanding and their strong support.”

Detective Inspector Miles Ockwell, who led the police investigation, said, “We are pleased that Steven has been found.

“Steven entered Bootle Street station in the centre of Manchester to hand himself in.

“I want to thank the media, the public and Greater Manchester Police for supporting us in our attempt to find Steven.”

He will now receive his care at a higher level of security at a hospital in Sussex.