The hunt for a convicted murderer took a new twist this week as Crimestoppers increased the £10,000 reward to £15,000 for information on his whereabouts.
Lerone Boye, 27, has now been on the run for more than a month, having escaped from the John Howard Centre in Wick on October 16.
He was sentenced in December 2012 for stabbing 17-year-old Kelvin Chibueze to death at a birthday party in 2011.
The Metropolitan Police have said there is “intelligence to suggest Boye may be in the East London area”.
Boye is also known to have links in Barking, Newham and Ilford.
Dean Ablakwa, 29, a former employee of the centre, was charged with assisting an offender to escape from lawful custody a week after Boye disappeared.
Boye is the second person to escape from the centre in the last four months.
James Lisbon, a mental health patient who was in the centre subject to a hospital order, is still missing after he failed to return from escorted leave in August.
The centre is now under review for the second time since Lisbon’s escape.
Anyone with any information about Boye’s whereabouts can contact police on 0208 3580 100 or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.