Man charged with Bromley murder was recently released by mental health trust

Daniel Atkins campaigning for Oxleas in 2011

Daniel Atkins campaigning for Oxleas in 2011

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The person suspected of murdering a 71-year-old man in Bromley was recently released by a mental health service, it has been confirmed.

Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust reported today (March 4) Daniel Atkins, 30, of Laurel Court in Cambridge Road, was discharged from Queen Elizabeth Hospital (QEH) in Woolwich as part of a community care plan.

Atkins, who has been a poster boy for the trust, appeared on a murder charge at Bromley Magistrates’ Court this morning, after police found the body of the elderly man on Sunday (March 2) at the Laurel Court address.

Police officers are continuing investigations into the incident but have yet to identify the deceased.

London Ambulance Service pronounced the man dead at the scene but there was no evidence of guns being fired and the cause of death has not been confirmed.

Oxleas, which operates care provision at QEH, said in a statement: "Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust can confirm that Daniel Atkins, who is known to our mental health services, has been charged with murder following an incident in Cambridge Road in Bromley on Sunday.

"We are cooperating fully with the police as their investigation continues and are unable to provide further information at this stage."

In 2011 Atkins was photographed by News Shopper at an Oxleas work and jobs fair campaigning for job opportunities for people with mental health problems.

The murder suspect appeared championing the event, which was held at the Education Development Centre, Bromley Common.

Atkins is set to appear at the Old Bailey on Thursday.

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