Police are searching for a vulnerable missing man who is suffering from a life-threatening condition.
Khalil-Ur Rahman, also known as Melroy Robinson, was reported missing from Lewisham Hospital, London, earlier this week, and is believed to have been spotted on the Isle of Wight today, a Hampshire Constabulary spokesman said.
Terry Clawson, Isle of Wight duty inspector, said: "Mr Rahman is believed to have driven to the Isle of Wight where we spotted him in the Shanklin area earlier today.
"The missing man is understood to have a life-threatening medical condition, which requires urgent treatment. Police are appealing directly to him to contact police or a hospital as soon as possible.
"Mr Rahman's behaviour is known to be unpredictable because of his vulnerable condition. If approached, he can become distressed and agitated."
Mr Clawson said a man matching the 38-year-old's description is believed to have assaulted a female police officer in Landguard Road, Shanklin, this morning, when she attempted to check his welfare and identity. The officer received minor injuries.
He said: "Although there is no information to suggest Mr Rahman intends to harm members of the public, our advice to people is to contact the police immediately by phoning 999 if you see him."
Mr Rahman is black, 5ft 11in and slim, with dark, short afro hair and a dark beard.
Anyone with information about Mr Rahman's whereabouts should call 999 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111. Mini-com users can phone 18001 101.