VIDEO: Escaped rapist is public danger, say police

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A convicted rapist is on the run after escaping from a city secure unit during a visit to a Buddhist monastery.

Police have warned that 58-year-old Malcolm Millman is a “potential risk to the public” and urged people not to approach him.

The balding criminal, who walks with the aid of a stick, disappeared during a day trip from Eaglestone’s Chadwick Lodge mental health secure unit on Saturday afternoon.

He had gone to visit the Amaravati Monastery near Hemel Hempstead.

Millman was convicted of rape in 1996 and sentenced to 12 years.

The age of his victim has not been released and it is not known whether he is on the Sex Offenders’ Register. Police say he was “working towards his full release” while under the care at Chadwick Lodge.

Officers believe he made his getaway by train and have released CCTV pictures of a sighting at Manchester Airport on Monday.

But they say he is unable to leave the country as he has no access to a passport.

Chadwick Lodge, which is classed as a medium security unit, rehabilitates offenders with mental health problems.

It hit the headlines in 2007 after a notorious blood-drinking patient dubbed The Vampire, escaped during a swimming trip.

Mark Mawson, 40, gave his minders the slip and travelled to Essex, where he sparked a 12-hour siege at a grandmother’s house.

This week police have urged the public to be on the look out for the latest runaway.

Supt Olly Wright said: “Based on Millman’s previous convictions, including rape, we believe he is a potential risk to the public. If any members of the public see Millman do not approach him, instead call 999.”

Millman is white, of large build, bald with thinning brown hair on the sides, and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a brown jacket, purple jumper, grey tracksuit bottoms and blue and white trainers.

He is also known by the names Richard Simon Barber, Michael Geoffrey Newman and Raymond Pilkington.