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Murderer on the loose after escaping from secure hospital in Wales

Richard Dennick
Richard Dennick

A man who viciously murdered a vicar is on the run after he failed to return to a secure unit in Bryn y Neuadd hospital, North Wales, yesterday. Bryn y Neuadd hospital

A manhunt is underway throughout the UK with police warning that Richard Dennick mayl become "unpredictable" without his medication. 

There have been no warning, as yet, that he may be trying to flee British jurisdiction by coming to Ireland 

 Dennick, who was originally reported to be Richard Bracken, killed Canon Alan Jones in 1982.

The 64-year-old would let young people use the snooker table in his house.

It was here were Dennick attempted to rob the vicar, before brutally beating him with a broken snooker cue and a metal ornament.

The vicious killer then stabbed the priest several times in the neck, arm and chest.

Dennick has previously escaped from prison and spent six-months on the run before being recaptured.

“It is becoming increasingly urgent for us to find Richard Bracken, a convicted murderer, who without his normal medication is at risk of becoming more unpredictable,” said Det Supt Mark Pierce

"Extensive searches of the Llanfairfechan area have so far proved negative and it is possible he may have left the area. Expert search advice has been taken and we continue to assess the situation.

"Without access to medication and healthcare support, Richard Bracken is believed to pose a potential risk to himself and others.

"Our intention is to alert people to the situation and not to cause undue alarm. I would urge anyone who sees him not to approach him and to immediately contact the Police on 0800 096 1011."