British police warn Halloween revellers over 'dangerous' rapist who escaped from mental health unit
Police hunting a convicted rapist who has fled from a mental health unit have warned Halloween revellers not to "walk the streets alone".
Malcolm Millman, 58, who is described as a "dangerous sex offender", fled from a mental facility in Milton Keynes during a "unsupervised" visit to a monastery last Saturday.
It is believed he poses a "serious risk" to the public due to his previous convictions, including rape, police have said.
Chief Superintendent Zoe Sheard, of Greater Manchester Police, warned people celebrating Halloween this weekend to "remain vigilant".
She said: "In the past Malcolm Millman has committed violent attacks on young girls and women and for this reason we believe he may pose a serious risk to the public.
"It is possible that he may be in Greater Manchester and I would like to assure everybody that we are continuing to work alongside Thames Valley Police to do everything we can to find him."
Addressing Halloween revellers, she added: "I want to urge everybody to remain vigilant and I advise you not walk the streets alone and always make sure people know where you are.
"If you see this man, please do not approach him but contact the police immediately."
Millman was convicted of rape in 1996 and was due to serve 12 years but was working towards his full release while under the care of Chadwick Lodge in Milton Keynes, police have said.
Detective Supertintendent Chris Ward, of Thames Valley Police, said: "Malcolm Millman has absconded from a medium secure mental health institution in Milton Keynes. He is a dangerous sex offender.
"He has a number of previous convictions for attacking females, lone females - both young girls and adults. In some of those cases he has used a weapon.
"We know he went missing on Saturday October 24 when he was on supervised leave."
Police do not believe Millman boarded a plane and he does not have a passport.
He could be in the Greater Manchester area and is also known by the names Richard Simon Barber, Michael Geoffrey Newman, and Raymond Pilkington.