Springfield Hospital Tooting escapee Mark Ricketts Tooting is found

Wandsworth Guardian: Mark Ricketts was found in Lewisham, southeast London Mark Ricketts was found in Lewisham, southeast London

A paranoid schizophrenic who escaped from Springfield Hospital for the second time has been found.

Mark Ricketts, 47, was found by police on a bus in Lewisham, southeast London, in the early hours of this morning (Thursday, March 27).

Ricketts went missing on Saturday from Springfield Hospital in Tooting - the second time in 10 years.

Ricketts, who was convicted of attempted murder in 1994 after stabbing Mark Kemp 20 times, spent six days on the run after absconding in 2004.

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.

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12:39pm Thu 27 Mar 14

mr-bjp says...

Well, let's hope that he is sent back to Broadmore this time and not the lax Springfields. Maybe they could throw away the key this time so he doesn't abscond again.
Well, let's hope that he is sent back to Broadmore this time and not the lax Springfields. Maybe they could throw away the key this time so he doesn't abscond again. mr-bjp
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4:02pm Thu 27 Mar 14

alroutemaster says...

Don't know about St. Helier but Springfield should be closed, it is utterly useless as a "secure" unit.
Don't know about St. Helier but Springfield should be closed, it is utterly useless as a "secure" unit. alroutemaster
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