Police search for schizophrenic with history of violence who has been missing for four days from Tooting unit

Wandsworth Guardian: Mark Ricketts Mark Ricketts

A paranoid schizophrenic who stabbed a stranger 20 times has gone missing from a mental health unit in Tooting for the second time.

Police are appealing for information to help trace 47-year-old Mark Ricketts who went missing four days ago, at 6pm, on Saturday, March 22, from Springfield Hospital.

Wandsworth Guardian:

Springfield Hospital in Tooting

Police say extensive efforts are underway to locate him and are advising people not to approach him and to call 999 immediately if they see him.

In 2004 a huge manhunt was launched after Ricketts escaped from Springfield Hospital on a day visit from Broadmoor, in Berkshire.

Ricketts, who was convicted of attempted murder after stabbing Mark Kemp 20 times, spent six days on the run.

An independent inquiry after his escape highlighted serious blunders by Springfield Hospital which led to his escape. The report said Springfield staff forgot about his visit to the hospital in 2004 and Broadmoor failed to confirm it.

Ricketts' victim Mr Kemp, was stabbed by him while working as a Tooting doorman in 1994, and he set up The Independent Victims' Helpline UK.

Wandsworth Guardian:

Mark Kemp

He was outraged when Ricketts was allowed to escape the first time and criticised the hospital for failing to learn lessons from the past.

A spokesman from South West London and St George’s Mental Health Trust said they were liaising with the police to ensure Mr Ricketts’ safe return.

He said: “In common with all other providers, we support recovery for all service users and a key part of this is integration with the community as much as possible.

“As a result of that on some occasions service users remain absent from wards for longer than was agreed and in such instances we have routine procedures to deal with those situations including, where relevant, informing police.”

Ricketts does not have his medication with him and police are concerned for his wellbeing.

Wandsworth Guardian: Escaped mental patient Mark Ricketts.

Ricketts

He is described as black, 6ft 2in and of large build. At the time he went missing he was wearing a blue tracksuit top and bottoms and black trainers.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts can also speak to officers at Wandsworth CID on 0203 276 2583 or 101.
 

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8:42pm Tue 25 Mar 14

Hove Ex-Pat says...

I trust that this time, when he is caught, he is put back in Broadmoor where he so obviously belongs. Springfield is as secure as a wet paper bag.
I trust that this time, when he is caught, he is put back in Broadmoor where he so obviously belongs. Springfield is as secure as a wet paper bag. Hove Ex-Pat
  • Score: 13

8:51pm Tue 25 Mar 14

puzzled says...

They say they are worried about his well being I am more concerned for my well being
They say they are worried about his well being I am more concerned for my well being puzzled
  • Score: 13

5:47am Wed 26 Mar 14

independentcommunityhelpline says...

Spring field's needs closing down too many mistakes costs our community common sense please protect the public
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Spring field's needs closing down too many mistakes costs our community common sense please protect the public Www.independenthelpl ine.hotspots.com independentcommunityhelpline
  • Score: 3

8:56am Wed 26 Mar 14

rivacre says...

Some people may call this guy a paranoid schizophrenic, I'd prefer to call him a dirty scumbag that needs locking up for the rest of his miserable life. Failing that the death penalty would be a worthy sentence.
Some people may call this guy a paranoid schizophrenic, I'd prefer to call him a dirty scumbag that needs locking up for the rest of his miserable life. Failing that the death penalty would be a worthy sentence. rivacre
  • Score: -3

10:19am Wed 26 Mar 14

alphabeti says...

Are they still going ahead with the redevelopment and additional housing? You've got to question the building of more homes next to dangerous lunatics especially given the security issues. How many do the lose each year?
Are they still going ahead with the redevelopment and additional housing? You've got to question the building of more homes next to dangerous lunatics especially given the security issues. How many do the lose each year? alphabeti
  • Score: 3

4:50pm Wed 26 Mar 14

chesty36 says...

rivacre wrote:
Some people may call this guy a paranoid schizophrenic, I'd prefer to call him a dirty scumbag that needs locking up for the rest of his miserable life. Failing that the death penalty would be a worthy sentence.
Wow, what a very narrow-minded, nasty thing to say about someone with a mental illness. I sincerely hope you never have first-hand experience of this horrific disease. While he is clearly a very dangerous man, this is clearly the fault of the hospital and not him.
[quote][p][bold]rivacre[/bold] wrote: Some people may call this guy a paranoid schizophrenic, I'd prefer to call him a dirty scumbag that needs locking up for the rest of his miserable life. Failing that the death penalty would be a worthy sentence.[/p][/quote]Wow, what a very narrow-minded, nasty thing to say about someone with a mental illness. I sincerely hope you never have first-hand experience of this horrific disease. While he is clearly a very dangerous man, this is clearly the fault of the hospital and not him. chesty36
  • Score: 9

1:33pm Thu 27 Mar 14

trasie says...

Don't worry folks they found him on a bus in Lewisham this morning.
Don't worry folks they found him on a bus in Lewisham this morning. trasie
  • Score: 2

1:55pm Thu 27 Mar 14

Hove Ex-Pat says...

trasie wrote:
Don't worry folks they found him on a bus in Lewisham this morning.
Very true. But the question is, where is he going to be put now? Back to Broadmoor, I hope, or are they taking him back to Springfield? Of course they won't tell us, as he has "human rights", which I sometimes wonder why we don't seem to have.
[quote][p][bold]trasie[/bold] wrote: Don't worry folks they found him on a bus in Lewisham this morning.[/p][/quote]Very true. But the question is, where is he going to be put now? Back to Broadmoor, I hope, or are they taking him back to Springfield? Of course they won't tell us, as he has "human rights", which I sometimes wonder why we don't seem to have. Hove Ex-Pat
  • Score: 2

8:32pm Thu 27 Mar 14

rivacre says...

chesty36 says...


rivacre wrote:
Some people may call this guy a paranoid schizophrenic, I'd prefer to call him a dirty scumbag that needs locking up for the rest of his miserable life. Failing that the death penalty would be a worthy sentence.
Wow, what a very narrow-minded, nasty thing to say about someone with a mental illness. I sincerely hope you never have first-hand experience of this horrific disease. While he is clearly a very dangerous man, this is clearly the fault of the hospital and not him.

Oh yes, I'm sure if he came up to one of your family in the street and stabbed them 20 times you'd be so forgiving. He was intelligent enough to escape from a secure hospital twice and also to go and destroy someone's life. Yes lets blame the hard working folk at the hospital for his murderous rampage and while we're at it lets blame the police for all the scum bags and criminals running round the streets. You have your views, I have mine.
chesty36 says... rivacre wrote: Some people may call this guy a paranoid schizophrenic, I'd prefer to call him a dirty scumbag that needs locking up for the rest of his miserable life. Failing that the death penalty would be a worthy sentence. Wow, what a very narrow-minded, nasty thing to say about someone with a mental illness. I sincerely hope you never have first-hand experience of this horrific disease. While he is clearly a very dangerous man, this is clearly the fault of the hospital and not him. Oh yes, I'm sure if he came up to one of your family in the street and stabbed them 20 times you'd be so forgiving. He was intelligent enough to escape from a secure hospital twice and also to go and destroy someone's life. Yes lets blame the hard working folk at the hospital for his murderous rampage and while we're at it lets blame the police for all the scum bags and criminals running round the streets. You have your views, I have mine. rivacre
  • Score: 1

6:03pm Mon 31 Mar 14

Tubby Jim says...

lock the dangerous scum bag up into a safe secure prison where he belongs, preferably for the rest of his miserable life.
lock the dangerous scum bag up into a safe secure prison where he belongs, preferably for the rest of his miserable life. Tubby Jim
  • Score: -1

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