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PAR­ENTS and res­i­dents seemed united in con­dem­na­tion of the author­i­ties af­ter scant de­tail was broad­cast about es­caped killer Richard Den­nick.

It took more than 24 hours from the time he went miss­ing from Llan­fair­fechan’s Bryn y Neuadd hos­pi­tal for the full de­tails to emerge.

Res­i­dent Mike Wil­liams said: “I, like a lot of peo­ple in Llan­fair­fechan, am frus­trated that we weren’t in­formed and were kept in the dark for so long.

“And 24 hours later the story comes out that here was a con­victed mur­derer. It’s not good. We need to know be­cause there are young fam­i­lies here.”

Bar­bara Hughes, a for­mer laun­dry worker at the unit, said: “It was re­ally fright­en­ing. We didn’t know what was hap­pen­ing.

“There used to be a se­cu­rity alarm. Maybe it should be brought back.”

The Llan­fair­fechan res­i­dent used to go on walks alone on nearby Gar­reg Fawr hill but stopped do­ing so in favour of the beach due to con­cern about the per­ceived risk from pa­tients let out in the town.

But Su­san Bar­ton ques­tioned the risk. She said: “What puzzles me is why, if he was out on the town, he was sud­denly deemed to be dan­ger­ous?”

A third res­i­dent, a for­mer Bryn y Neuadd nurse, saw three or four po­lice cars at Bryn y Neuadd on Tues­day and said there should have been a low key sign.

“It could have said ‘A res­i­dent has es­caped. Please be alert. He could be dan­ger­ous.’ ” But he doubts Bracken posed a risk. He said: “He was 14 when he did the mur­der and has been in­car­cer- ated for 33 years.

“I’ve worked in Bryn y Neuadd and I can see it gnaws away at peo­ple. Some are nod­ding and chew­ing so­fas. Give the guy a chance.

“He prob­a­bly got a train to Lon­don, got out at Eus­ton and thought ‘Where the hell do I go now?’ ”

Janey Mit­ton, 33, who has two chil­dren at Ty Bryn, the nurs­ery in­side the grounds of the hos­pi­tal, said even nurs­ery staff were left in the dark. “We didn’t know any­thing about it un­til this morn­ing,” she said on Tues­day. “The nurs­ery staff knew noth­ing re­ally. They found out about it via so­cial media.”

Par­ents out­side Ys­gol Babanod Llan­fair­fechan looked fear­ful on Tues­day af­ter­noon as they col­lected their lit­tle ones, who had been kept in­side at break times on the ad­vice of North Wales Po­lice and Conwy coun­cil.

One said: “I have been on ten­ter­hooks all day. No one will tell us any­thing. It just seems that, who­ever this guy is, his needs are com­ing be­fore any­one else.”

Llan­fair­fechan res­i­dent Gwyn Jones, 54, agreed the lack of in­for­ma­tion was a real prob­lem.

“I saw him (Den­nick) last week,” he said. “I was go­ing to the shop to get my pa­per. I don’t know how long he has been here.

“It’s just so an­noy­ing see­ing the he­li­copter fly­ing around and they won’t tell you what’s go­ing on.”

Another par­ent pick­ing up his daugh­ter from school felt ex­tra safe­guards are needed. “They should be tag­ging these peo­ple when they are let out,” he said.

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