My mum’s killer must be caught

Jean Worgan, from Northampton, the daughter of Edith Stuart, 96, who died in hospital following a blaze at Cleveleys Park Rest Home in Cleveleys, Lancashire

Jean Worgan, from Northampton, the daughter of Edith Stuart, 96, who died in hospital following a blaze at Cleveleys Park Rest Home in Cleveleys, Lancashire

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THE family of a murdered great-grandmother say they fear her killer will strike again if they are not brought to justice.

Edith Stuart died after her bedding was set alight while she slept at Cleveleys Park Rest Home on Stockdove Way.

A year since the 96-year-old’s tragic death, her devastated relatives said they were desperate for answers about how she died

Her daughter, Jean Worgan, 67, added: “With it being a year since it happened, it’s a bit difficult.

“She should have been peaceful and happy for the rest of her life. That’s what we wanted for her, but her life was cut short.

“It should never have happened.

“It would be nice if we could have some answers. Hopefully it would make things a bit easier for us. We need to appeal to people to come forward, to jolt people into saying something about what happened, make them think this is wrong.

“If it’s left quiet, it just goes away.

“Whoever did this needs help. My biggest fear is they can do it again. They don’t realise the enormity of it.”

The fire broke out on Monday, October 18 last year. Nine residents and staff were evacuated by firefighters, who wore breathing apparatus to get to casualties.

Three elderly residents and two members of staff were taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital but Mrs Stuart, a former weaver who had lived at the home for around four years, died 30 hours later after suffering terrible burns and smoke inhalation.

Two staff members were arrested but were released without charge and no longer work at the home.

Mrs Worgan, who is from Northampton, and her sister Shirley Fish, from Poulton, made an emotional plea on television programme Crimewatch in March.

Mrs Fish, 75, said: “She’s with me more now than she ever was.

“I still can’t believe it was my mother, she always bounced back.

“We thought it would have been sorted long before now, it’s not getting any easier.”

Police said the murder investigation remains open.

Det Insp Martin Clague, from Lancashire Police major investigation team, added: “Despite the period of time which has passed and the various leads we’ve followed up, we haven’t closed the case. Mrs Stuart died by arson and the case is still open. We are keeping touch with Mrs Stuart’s family through family liaison officers.

“We’ve had no significant breakthrough and would appeal for anyone with information to contact us.”

Anyone with information about the fire should call Lancashire Police on 08451 253545 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.