HEARTLESS vandals have ruined a special bench that was installed in memory of a Melling mum who died in a tragic cycling accident in Aughton.
Alison Doyle died aged 47 when her bike hit a pothole on August 19, 2018 and caused her to veer into the path of a car on Bold Lane.
To commemorate two years since the mum-of-two died, her family placed a memorial bench on Clieves Hill Lane, in Aughton in the summer – but vandals have launched a sickening attack on it, breaking one of the metal legs and smashing up a decorative memorial plant pot as well.
A plaque attached to the bench reads: “In loving memory of Alison Jane Doyle. Touched the hearts of those who knew her. Loved and remembered always.”
Her sister, Gillian Piercewright, told the Champion: “Clieves Hill was a special place for Alison and she would often take herself up there to not only enjoy the beautiful views but she found it a calming and comforting place which helped when she was going through breast cancer treatment.
“So this seemed the perfect place for her bench to go and we would like others to enjoy the same views that Alison often did.
“We wanted to share the devastating news that this has been very badly vandalised.”
Alison was a nurse and Melling Parish Councillor.
Following her death, a coroner ruled at an inquest at Preston Coroner’s Court that she died as the result of a road traffic accident.
Questions were raised about the management of the roads by Lancashire County Council and it was heard there had been four complaints about the state of the road in the previous year.
The pothole was at least 15 inches in length and two and a half inches deep and was filled in later that day by the county council.
THE IMAGES SHOW THE BENCH BEFORE AND AFTER IT WAS VANDALISED.