Fam­ily’s plea over Natasha’s death

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS - By ASHLIE BLAKEY

THE fam­ily of a young woman who was stabbed to death by her boyfriend say they hope mis­takes made by of­fi­cials are ‘never re­peated.’ Natasha Wild, 23, was killed by Lloyd Brack­en­bury. There were warn­ing signs about Lloyd, who suf­fered from para­noid schizophre­nia, that po­lice and men­tal health teams had failed to act on.

A jury con­cluded that those fail­ings could have con­trib­uted to her death at their home in Syke, Rochdale. In Oc­to­ber 2017, when he was 32, Lloyd was found guilty of man­slaugh­ter on the grounds of di­min­ished re­spon­si­bil­ity at Manch­ester Crown Court and was or­dered to be de­tained in a psy­chi­atric hos­pi­tal. He was cleared of mur­der.

At an eight-day in­quest into Natasha’s death at Hey­wood Coro­ner’s Court, a jury con­cluded that Natasha died as a re­sult of un­law­ful killing.

Natasha’s fam­ily, in a state­ment af­ter the hear­ing, said: “The jury found that some of the fail­ings by Pen­nine Care, Rochdale and the po­lice may have con­trib­uted to Natasha’s death. We wel­come the changes made to the poli­cies and prac­tices of the or­gan­i­sa­tions in­volved in her in­quest.”

Po­lice said:“The ser­vice pro­vided by our of­fi­cers was not ac­cept­able and for this we deeply apol­o­gise.”

Dr Henry Tice­hurst, med­i­cal di­rec­tor for Pen­nine Care NHS Foun­da­tion Trust, said: “We have al­ready im­ple­mented a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of op­er­a­tional im­prove­ments and changes.”

Sally McIvor, for Rochdale coun­cil, said: “A sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of op­er­a­tional changes and im­prove­ments have been made.”

Natasha with Lloyd Brack­en­bury

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