Troubled ex-boxer Frank Bruno was spotted wandering the streets of Liverpool just 48 hours before he was sectioned under the British Mental Health Act, it emerged today.
Residents in the Walton area of the city were amazed when Bruno started knocking on doors on Saturday, saying he was looking for an old friend.
He then stopped and chatted with a small crowd who gathered to meet the sporting hero, and happily posed for pictures.
Marie Rigby, 36, said: “I saw a Bentley parked at the end of the road at about 2pm on Saturday and thought it was strange. It’s not the sort of thing you see around Walton.
“A friend came and told me Frank Bruno was in the street, so we went out to meet him.
“He seemed absolutely fine, and there were no signs of him being ill, although I suppose we weren’t really looking for that.
“He was great fun and happy to chat and have his picture take.
“He had his picture taken with my son Thomas, who’s four, and his friend Carl.
“He got a bit of a hero’s welcome and we all just wish him all the very best.”
Bruno was sectioned under the British Mental Health Act on Monday evening after police and health workers visited his Essex mansion. He is being treated at the nearby Goodmayes Hospital.