Top cop: medical diagnosis was right
NORTH Wales policing tsar Winston Roddick said over the handling of the manhunt for convicted murderer Richard Dennick: “I will be seeking an assurance that any issues that may come to light will be acted upon and I will be scrutinising the force’s response.”
Mr Roddick said questions about Dennick’s unsupervised release were for the Ministry of Justice and that police would not be involved in that decision. He added: “North Wales Police became involved as soon as it was told he had not returned.
“But there is a very important point I need to make. The medical judgement that it was not an immediate risk was correct at the time of release. The risk increased the longer he was away from his medication and this is why the information was subsequently released by both the Board and North Wales Police.
“In the event the medical diagnosis turned out to be correct.”
Conwy and Denbighshire Neighbourhood Policing Chief Inspector Neil Thomas said: “Mr Bracken is a patient with Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board. Police information on his disappearance was released in an appropriate way based on medical advice and consultation with the health board in what was a developing situation.
“Again we would like to thank the public for their co-operation and forbearance during this significant operation.”