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Lerone Boye escape: Reward raised to £15,000

Lerone Boye
Image caption Boye went on the run from John Howard Centre in Homerton on 16 October

A reward to find a convicted killer who went on the run from a mental health unit in east London has been raised to £15,000.

Lerone Boye, 27, was jailed for a minimum of 28 years in December for stabbing 17-year-old Kelvin Chibueze to death at a party in 2011.

Boye absconded from the John Howard Centre in Homerton on 16 October.

The Met offered a £10,000 reward on Tuesday, which has now been increased after Crimestoppers offered £5,000.

Police said intelligence suggested he may be in the east London area and he is known to have links to Barking, Newham and Ilford.

People are advised to call 999 instead of approaching him.

A 29-year-old man, Dean Ablakwa, from north London, who worked at the John Howard Centre has been charged with helping Boye escape.

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