Terrified boy 'cried himself to sleep' in Conwy hotel


Staff reporter (NW Pioneer)

A TERRIFIED boy “cried himself to sleep” after being housed by a council in a seafront hotel where drug addicts injected themselves with heroin, his solicitor told a court.

Sex and other homeless offenders have been sent to live in the same building in Conwy county.

Defence solicitor Huw Roberts said at Llandudno youth court that the 17-year-old boy described the place as “horrible, dirty and frightening.”

The teen - who now lives elsewhere - received a nine-month rehabilitation order and must pay £50 compensation after admitting assault by headbutting a 29-year-old woman at the hotel.

He must pay £100 costs.

The court heard that he had been receiving medication for ADHD since the age of six, and had used cannabis daily until he stopped in March.

Mr Roberts said the youngster had believed the victim took some of his CDs from his bedsit and claimed she spat at him. The boy told the magistrates he was sorry.

 It’s not the first time Conwy council has faced questions about where it sent vulnerable children. A few years ago a teenage girl on bail to the youth court was sent to a former hotel at Rhyl where drug addicts also lived.

The local authority said individuals were assessed before being offered accommodation.

About the hotel which housed the boy of 17, a Conwy County Council spokeswoman added: “The property is regularly inspected and we haven’t received any complaints, but any issues reported would be investigated."

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