Hampshire Police hunt for escaped sex offender

An image of sex offender Stephen Munden, issued by police
An image of sex offender Stephen Munden, issued by police
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HAMPSHIRE Police are searching for a sex offender who escaped from a hospital in the county, shaving his beard off before he went.

Stephen Munden, 54, left an independent hospital in Winchfield, near Hook, at around 6.15pm yesterday, and hasn’t been seen since.

Stephen Munden with his full beard. Police believe he may have shaved it off before leaving the hospital

Stephen Munden with his full beard. Police believe he may have shaved it off before leaving the hospital

He is described as about 5ft 8ins tall, of a heavy build, and has dark hair. He did have a full beard, but it is believed he may have shaved it off before leaving the hospital.

Mr Munden was detained at the facility under a hospital order after being sentenced for sexual offences in 2014.

These were possessing, making, and attempting to make indecent images of children and sexual assault on a child under 13.

Detective Chief Inspector Tim Rowlandson said: ‘We are extremely keen to hear from anyone who has seen this man since yesterday evening or knows where he might be.

‘Mr Munden is subject to a hospital order after being convicted and sentenced for sexual offences and also suffers from learning difficulties, so we need to know where he is as a matter of urgency.

‘I would also appeal to Mr Munden directly to make contact with us and let us know where he is.’

Anyone with information should call Hampshire Police on 101, or alternatively call charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.