Heartbroken parents in plea to restaurants
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’.