A convicted killer who went missing from a mental health hospital has now returned safely.

Police issued an appeal after Christopher Moxon, originally from Lewes, went missing from St Leonards yesterday.

The 40-year-old killed his girlfriend Natalie Scott, who was 21 at the time, in Bognor in 2002.

Moxon stabbed her to death and admitted manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility.

He was detained indefinitely under section 37 of the Mental Health Act at the The Conquest Hospital, The Ridge.

Police said he was “considered to be at high risk” because of his health conditions.

But he was found in the early hours of this morning and has returned to hospital.