Five children left in squalor

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A TODDLER was spotted swigging lager in “squalid” conditions after being left home alone.

Angela Freer, 31, and her 55-year-old partner Christopher Steele left their five children alone in the urine-stinking house, half-naked with no clean clothes or bedsheets.

Shocked neighbours – who watched the youngsters swinging from net curtains in the front window – spotted a three-year-old child helping itself to a can of lager.

Freer and Steele were hauled before Preston Crown Court for sentencing after pleading guilty to five charges of neglect, relating to each of the children, who were aged between three and seven at the time of the offences.

See today’s Gazette for the full report.