South East Wales

Plea as Richard Gifford absconds at Bridgend hospital

Richard Gifford
Image caption The public are advised by South Wales Police not to approach Richard Gifford

Police are appealing for information on a 27-year-old man who absconded from a specialist mental health service during a supervised hospital visit.

Richard Gifford was last seen in the Bridgend area at 1700 BST on Sunday.

He was earlier named by South Wales Police as Richard Maddern-Hazel, but officers say he is more commonly known as Richard Gifford.

He has absconded from Pastoral Cymru and is white, 5ft 11in (1.80m), with brown hair and blue eyes.

South Wales Police have advised the public not to approach him, but to call them on 999 if he is sighted.

He was visiting the Princess of Wales Hospital in Bridgend when he absconded.

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