Heart­bro­ken par­ents in plea to restau­rants

Accrington Observer - - NEWS -

ME­GAN Lee’s heart­bro­ken par­ents have warned all food busi­nesses to ‘not play Rus­sian roulette with pre­cious lives’.

Adam and Gemma Lee said their daugh­ter’s legacy is to be ‘kind, con­sid­er­ate, to be help­ful to oth­ers’ and they will con­tinue to work with the ana­phy­laxis cam­paign to raise aware­ness of the dan­gers of al­ler­gies.

In a state­ment read out­side court, Mr Lee said: “Our Me­gan, our princess, was a true in­spi­ra­tion to many and a role model to her lit­tle brother Owen.

“He will for­ever re­mem­ber the lessons in life she taught him and will look to her as an ex­am­ple of a truly lov­ing, kind and thought­ful per­son.

“Our lives will never be the same, the loss of our beau­ti­ful daugh­ter has com­pletely dev­as­tated us.

“Me­gan didn’t get the op­por­tu­nity to ful­fil her am­bi­tion of work­ing in mu­si­cal theatre, to ex­plore the world, fall in love or have chil­dren of her own.

“The in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the trial and me­dia cov­er­age has been a dif­fi­cult process for our fam­ily and the ev­i­dence heard in court has been chal­leng­ing to hear.

“We wouldn’t have been able to get through these most dif­fi­cult times with­out the in­cred­i­ble sup­port and pro­fes­sion­al­ism of our fam­ily li­ai­son of­fi­cers and in­ves­ti­ga­tion team at Lan­cashire Po­lice.

“Me­gan’s legacy is to be kind, con­sid­er­ate and to be help­ful to oth­ers.

“We will con­tinue to work with the ana­phy­laxis cam­paign to raise aware­ness of the dan­gers of al­ler­gies

“While we may have re­ceived some jus­tice with to­day’s ver­dict, we live in hope that the re­sult is a warn­ing to other food busi­nesses op­er­at­ing in such a de­plorable and ig­no­rant man­ner to learn by this and im­prove their stan­dards with im­me­di­ate ef­fect.

“We urge all food busi­nesses to im­prove the stan­dard of food safety and to take al­ler­gies se­ri­ously. Trad­ing Stan­dards and En­vi­ron­men­tal Health are al­ways there to help.

“Do not guess, do not play ig­no­rant, do not play Rus­sian roulette with pre­cious lives.”

Det Chief Insp Mark Vaughton, of Lan­cashire Po­lice, said Me­gan’s death is a ‘tragedy’ and one which has left her fam­ily ‘truly dev­as­tated’.

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