The family of murdered Angela Wrightson has paid tribute to the woman whose "infectious personality" touched the hearts of "so many people".
The tribute came today after two teenage girls were convicted of Ms Wrightson's brutal murder, which took place in December 2014 at her home in Stephen Street, Hartlepool.
Released by Cleveland Police today, the statement can be read in full below.
"It’s true that Angela (or Angie as she was known to us all) led a troubled and at times chaotic lifestyle. And as a family we were not as close as we ought to have been.
"The chance to put that right has been taken away from us. Angie was attacked and brutally murdered in her own home, a place where we all have the right to feel safe.
"Listening to the details of her injuries and of her final moments has been a harrowing experience and something which will continue to haunt us each and every day.
"No sentence, regardless of its severity, will ever bring Angie back. The two girls responsible will one day be women themselves, free to live their lives and perhaps have children of their own. A right which was taken from Angie.
"We would like to thank the police and the prosecution team for their compassion and continued support throughout this difficult time.
"We’d also like to thank those people who gave evidence and spoke on Angie’s behalf in court.
"And if any positive can be taken from this experience it is the kindness displayed by those who knew Angie best.
"Angie’s infectious personality touched the hearts of so many people and it is those fond memories which we continue to cherish as we attempt to move forward."