Fiona Pilkington ended her life, and that of her disabled daughter Frankie in October 2007 after a campaign of intimidation by local yobs made their lives a misery. Her diary, read at an inquest gives insight into her torment from beyond the grave.
During the campaign of abuse boys as young as 10 tormented Frankie, urinated in the garden, threw stones and eggs at the house, marched her brother at knife-point into a shed and shouted abuse until 2:30am. Through the ordeal police refused to help.
For their part, the yobs knew they were above the law and taunted the family about it. Police ignored 33 separate pleas for help, telling Fiona to 'ignore it'. No gang member has ever been prosecuted over the abuse.