Man wanted for ‘racist and homophobic messages’ to Brighton hospital staff

Police are looking for Christopher Watson from Eastbourne
Police are looking for Christopher Watson from Eastbourne

Police are searching for a 67-year-old man who allegedly breached a restraining order to send ‘racist and homophobic messages’ to staff at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.

Christopher Watson from Eastbourne is described as white, 5’4” and slim, with blue eyes and grey hair. He may currently have a long white beard.

Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton

Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton

Police said he has not been seen at his address in Hambleton Close, Eastbourne for several months and is believed to be with his car, a black Vauxhall Mokka, registration BG14GOH.

Sussex Police said Watson was handed a restraining order at Hastings Magistrates’ Court on January 23 2017, having been convicted of threatening words and behaviour for which he was also given an 18-month conditional discharge.

The order, which lasts until further court order, prohibits him from contacting several named people and departments, and from publishing material identifying one employee, at the Royal Sussex County Hospital in Brighton.

PC Claire Underwood said; “We want to interview Watson about reports that he has breached the restraining order.

“None of the alleged offences currently under investigation involve the use of or any threat of violence but they extend over many months now since last year, and relate to persistent fax and email contact with various offices and people at the Royal Sussex County Hospital.”

Police said Watson may be in Scotland, but have no ‘firm information’ as to which area.

Anyone who sees Watson or who has any information on his current location is asked to contact Sussex Police online or by calling 101, quoting serial 237 of 15/11/17.