Li­ai­son group to be brought back af­ter mur­derer ab­sconded ‘We want to work to­gether’

North Wales Weekly News - - WRITTEN BY YOU - BY DAVID POW­ELL

HEALTH chiefs are re­in­stat­ing a li­ai­son group to im­prove lines of com­mu­ni­ca­tion with res­i­dents af­ter a con­victed mur­derer ab­sconded spark­ing a man­hunt.

The move by Betsi Cad­wal­adwr Univer­sity Health Board fol­lows the ab­scond­ing of pa­tient Richard Den­nick from Ty Lly­we­lyn se­cure unit in Llan­fair­fechan on Septem­ber 21.

Res­i­dents crit­i­cised the author­i­ties for a lack of in­for­ma­tion about the 48-year-old’s dis­ap­pear­ance, he handed him­self in Lon­don the fol­low­ing day.

The board agreed to set up the li­ai­son com­mit­tee dur­ing a two-hour public meet­ing in the Split Wil­low ho­tel in Llan­fair­fechan last Thurs­day at­tended by about 90 peo­ple.

In­terim chief ex­ec­u­tive Si­mon Dean, med­i­cal di­rec­tor Pro­fes­sor Matt Makin, con­sul­tant foren­sic psy­chi­a­trist Dr San­deep Mathews, and North Wales Po­lice of­fi­cers all at­tended the meet­ing.

The mayor of Llan­fair­fechan, coun­cil­lor Penny Andow, said: “The out­come of the public meet­ing was re­ally pos­i­tive. We want to work to­gether with Ty Lly­we­lyn and move for­ward.

“We are go­ing to have a li­ai­son com­mit­tee which will im­prove lines of com­mu­ni­ca­tion.”

Aber­conwy AM Janet Finch-Saun­ders, who chaired the public meet­ing, said a li­ai­son com­mit­tee would re­as­sure res­i­dents wor­ried about se­cu­rity.

She said: “We are confi- dent that with a com­mit­tee of the health board, North Wales Po­lice and res­i­dents we can avoid such con­cerns.”

Conwy County Cllr Ray Jones said the public meet­ing was pos­i­tive and he was pleased the li­ai­son com­mit­tee would be set up .

At last Thurs­day’s public meet­ing in the Split Wil­low ho­tel in Llan­fair­fechan, the mayor of Llan­fair­fechan Penny Andow read out one res­i­dent’s view that the town was “un­der at­tack” from pa­tients on leave.

The Weekly News is happy to clar­ify that this is not the mayor’s per­sonal view.

She in­vited the health board to a Llan­fair­fechan Town Coun­cil gen­eral meet­ing at the coun­cil cham­ber on yesterday (Wed­nes­day).

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