Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

The Lives of Chaos That Led to Tragedy; Review Calls for Better Sharing of Information between Agencies

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

The Lives of Chaos That Led to Tragedy; Review Calls for Better Sharing of Information between Agencies

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Byline: TONI GUILLOT toni.guillot@trinitymirror.com @ToniGuillot89

TWO teenage girls jailed for life for torturing a vulnerable woman to death lived "chaotic lives", a report has revealed.

Angela Wrightson, a 39-year-old alcoholic who craved company and regularly invited strangers into her Hartlepool home, was murdered in a "cowardly attack" that lasted more than 15 hours in December 2014.

Two girls - aged 13 and 14 at the time - were described as being "out of control" when they were sentenced to a minimum of 15 years in prison in April 2016.

Following the criminal investigation a Safeguarding Adults Review was commissioned by the Teeswide Safeguarding Adults Board (TSAB).

Its findings, released on Tuesday, revealed the tragedy could not have been prevented but highlighted the need for improvements in how organisations involved in the care and welfare of vulnerable people share information.

The bloodstained body of Ms Wrightson was found in her living room with more than 100 injuries, including 80 to her face.

She was beaten with a shovel, a TV, a coffee table and a stick studded with screws by the girls - now aged 15.

Three separate reports tell of "overly optimistic" care services, a failure to address poor parenting and an "insufficient understanding" of adolescent neglect.

The two Serious Case Reviews regarding the teenage girls - referred to as Olivia and Yasmine - were commissioned by the Hartlepool Local Safeguarding Children Board (Hartlepool LSCB).

They revealed both girls were known to social services for drinking, running away from home and taking drugs.

The teenagers were found to have both suffered neglect and abuse in their childhood and the review called for more to be done to understand the effect of poor parenting on the wellbeing of a child.

Yasmine, the younger of the two girls, was subjected to physical and emotional abuse by her parents.

But the report concluded that officials were too ready to accept her mother's account she was disruptive because she was "spoilt".

Authors said the older girl, Olivia, had a chaotic home life and was placed in foster care after her mother claimed she was "going to parties, possibly having sexual intercourse and hitting" younger siblings. …

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