EMAILS have been sent to parents of a school after one claimed they saw missing sex offender Stephen Munden.
Ranvilles Junior School, on Oldbury Way, in Fareham, sent the emails yesterday.
The sighting of Munden, who is missing from Winchfield Hospital, near Hook, was reported to police.
The email said: ‘One of our parents reported to police she saw sex offender Stephen Munden sitting outside One Stop in Greyshott Avenue on Wednesday afternoon. The police cannot confirm the sighting but have advised us to be vigilant.’
Police said they cannot comment on individual reports of possible sightings.
A statement from Partnership in Care (PiC), which runs the hospital, said: ‘With regards to the incident, PiC will conduct an inquiry into the circumstances which made it possible for the patient to leave the hospital grounds and we will take immediate steps to address any perceived security issues.
‘All patients access hospital grounds when this is considered appropriate and in this case it was deemed to be so.
‘Expert clinicians conduct regular and detailed risk assessments of all patients detained under the mental health act or residing in inpatient settings. This assessment determines the level of leave and the level of security patients need.
‘We hope he will voluntarily respond to the police appeal and that he will choose to return to care where those needs can best be met.
‘We, as well as Hampshire Constabulary, want to ensure public safety and we will work closely with the police in their efforts to achieve the patient’s safe return.’