UK: Bullied mother’s suicide pleas ‘ignored’

BBC News
A coroner said the deaths of a mother and daughter after years of bullying could have been prevented if the authorities had taken them seriously.

Fiona Pilkington, 38, of Barwell, Leicestershire, set fire to her car as she and her daughter sat inside.

An inquest heard police ignored reports of abuse over several years.

A jury heard failings by police and councils meant Ms Piklington was never assessed by social workers, though they were aware she had “suicidal thoughts”.

Following the deaths of Fiona and her 18-year-old daughter Francecca Hardwick, who had severe learning difficulties, Leicestershire County Council began a serious case review.
It found Leicestershire County Council, Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council and Leicestershire Police failed to share information about the family, their disabilities and the abuse they were receiving from a 16-strong gang of youths.

Coroner Olivia Davison, at the Loughborough inquest, said: “If somebody had sat this woman down with a cup of tea they could have perhaps helped her.

“You need to sit down with people to get information from them and I wonder why that wasn’t something that occurred here.”

The review made five recommendations, including to investigate the impact of anti-social behaviour on people’s lives, share information between authorities and “read the situation from the victims’ point of view”. Full story.


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