A grieving pensioner today told of her devastation after a child gang, with members thought to be as young as five, wrecked her late daughter’s home.
The thugs smashed into Jan Murray’s home through her conservatory, daubed a Preston gang tag graffiti on her lounge wall, then tipped emulsion all over her carpets, windows and mirrors before smashing her kitchen cupboard doors.
Jan, a former civil service worker, passed away aged 61 after suffering a lung aneurysm and had lived there for 18 years.
Her mother Jean Murray, an 84-year-old widow who is undergoing chemotherapy to treat cancer, says she was devastated when horrified estate agents told her about the break in at the home, on River Parade, Broadgate, Preston.
The pensioner, who lives in Hambleton, said: “Jan was very proud of her home and she kept it beautifully until she became ill.
“When she passed away friends helped me to clear it up and get it ready to sell on.
“She had lived there a long time and she would have been distraught to see it like this. We had worked so hard to get it right. I had to go to the house and when I saw what they had done I couldn’t speak, it was just awful. I was devastated, this was my daughter’s home. I was so upset.” The incident is thought to be the latest in a spate of crimes linked to the same group of youngsters.
PC Carl Ingram said the group had been causing problems on and off for 12 months, but that matters came to a head in their latest spate.
He said: “We are having issues with a group of around 12 people aged between five and 14. A lot of it is down to a total lack of parental control and supervision.”