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Sex offender absconds from unit

Mohammed Rafiq Passwala
Passwala was convicted of sex offences in 1996

A sex offender deemed to be a danger to women and children has absconded from a psychiatric unit in West Yorkshire.

Mohammed Rafiq Passwala did not return to Fieldhead Hospital, near Wakefield, after being given unsupervised leave.

Police said that 52-year-old Passwala, who is originally from Bradford, has not been seen since leaving the hospital on Thursday morning.

The public have been warned not to approach him but to contact the police if they have any information.

Passwala, who was convicted of sex offences in 1996, is described as Asian, 5ft 7in tall, of stocky build with black/grey hair and a full beard.

A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said Passwala was wearing grey traditional Asian dress when he was last seen.

Police believe he might be in the Dewsbury or Ravensthorpe areas.

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