Top cop: med­i­cal di­ag­no­sis was right

North Wales Weekly News - - NEWS -

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.”

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