THE heartbroken mum of murder victim Angela Wrightson has spoken for the first time about her family’s “devastation”.
The body of Angela was discovered at her home in Stephen Street, Hartlepool, on Tuesday, December 9.
Two teenage girls, aged 13 and 14, have since appeared in court charged with her murder. The 39-year-old’s mum, Maureen Wrightson, has paid a touching troibute to her daughter – describing her as “a real character”.
She said: “As a mother and as a whole family, we have been left devastated by the loss of Angie. It’s no secret that she had many difficulties to overcome in her personal life, but to end up in this situation is desperately sad.
“Angie was a real character. She was really well known around the town and we have been comforted by the many messages of sympathy and support which have been passed to us in person and via social media.”
Maureen also released one of her favourite pictures of her much-loved daughter which was taken many years ago, and has asked for privacy as she grieves.
She added: “While we would like to thank everyone for their kindness, we would like to ask for privacy as we come to terms with what has happened.”
A post-mortem examination found Angie died as a result of blood loss and she had suffered substantial injuries.
The girls accused of her murder appeared before Teesside Crown Court separately earlier this month and have both been remanded at youth offending centres.
The judge made an order preventing the press from publishing any details which could identify either defendant.