Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Victims Tell of 'Wicked' Disneyland Con Misery

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Victims Tell of 'Wicked' Disneyland Con Misery

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Byline: Rob Kennedy Court Reporter

THEIR faces lit up when they plucked glitter-filled golden tickets from the Christmas tree and realised they were going on the trip of a lifetime to Disneyland.

For Amy Bell's children, aged six and nine, it was the best present they could ever have wished for.

Over the next few months, the excitement grew as the big day drew closer and passports were bought along with new clothes for the holiday.

And so when the news broke that it was all a con and they had been ripped off by heartless Ashleigh Turbitt, it was a crushing blow.

Miss Bell said in a victim impact statement read to Newcastle Crown Court: "I had to explain to them a wicked woman had lied to me and stolen my money.

"I choked back tears as I told them.

"Their faces told me they knew how serious this was. They couldn't believe somebody would be so cruel.

"This was heartless and wicked and she has no conscience."

Miss Bell had bought the tickets for Disneyland Paris to give to her children at Christmas.

Turbitt send golden tickets in envelopes filled with glitter and Miss Bell hid them in her Christmas tree.

She recalled: "To see my boys' faces when they opened the tickets was wonderful.

"I spent the next few months excitedly planning the trip. I made a shortlist of places to visit, downloaded maps of the park and planned our route to ensure not a moment was wasted."

When Turbitt told Miss Bell the planned trip at Easter would have to be put back, she wasn't too concerned.

After it was rescheduled, she had their bags packed two days before they were due to set off but then realised all was not well after reading a post on Facebook.

The next day her worst fears were confirmed. She said: "I broke down in tears. "I didn't know how I would tell my boys. …

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