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Prison criticised after handcuffing paedophile who was dying in hospital

Gordon Anglesea Photo: ITV Wales

A prison has been criticised for handcuffing a dying prisoner while he lay in hospital and for not telling his wife and family for three days after he had been admitted.

Gordon Anglesea, 79, a retired North Wales police superintendent, was jailed for twelve years in November 2016 after being found guilty of historical child sex offences.

He died just over a month later on December 15 from multiple organ failure and pneumonia while a prisoner at HMP Rye Hill, Northants, which houses 600 sex offenders.

Gordon Anglesea Credit: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

In his report, Nigel Newcomen, the Prisons and Probation Ombudsman, says that although he should have been referred earlier to a GP, a formal diagnosis and earlier admission to hospital would not have affected the outcome.

The report said the care received at the prison was equivalent to that he could have expected in the community.

The Ombudsman added: “I am concerned that the prison sent Mr Anglesea to hospital in an emergency ambulance but did not make contact with his wife until three days later.

“I am also concerned that the use of restraints when Mr Anglesea was in hospital was not justified by an appropriate risk assessment which took into account Mr Anglesea’s health.

"It is disappointing that once again I have to draw the prison’s attention to their legal responsibility to properly consider the implications of restraining a very ill, elderly man with limited mobility.”

The prison said it has reviewed procedures.