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Memorial fundraiser for woman murdered after surviving fire at her Bonhill home

An appeal has been launched to fund a memorial for a vulnerable woman who was murdered after she fled Scotland following a fire attack on her Bonhill home.

Susan Waring, 45, was barricaded inside the flat in Redburn when it was torched in 2017.

Critically ill, she spent nine days in a coma before she returned home to Lancashire to be closer to family.

Tragically, 18 months later the mum-of-five went missing.

“Violent and controlling” Alan Edwards was jailed for 27 years for her brutal murder last month.

Her body has never been found leaving her devastated family with nowhere to go to lay flowers or mourn her death.


Now her brother, Peter Waring, has launched the online appeal to try and raise funds to provide a permanent memorial in her honour.

He says on the Go Fund Me page: “She was very nearly killed in a fire in Scotland in 2017 where she was barricaded into her house while others set it on fire – she only just survived after nine days in a coma.

“We brought her down to Lancashire after she was released from hospital for her own safety. Unbeknown to us, she would meet up with this monster going by the name of Alan Edwards who again preyed on her vulnerabilities.

“He was found guilty of murder. The monster will not disclose to us, her family, where he has disposed of Susan’s body and therefore we have nowhere to lay flowers or to say goodbye.

“I am fundraising for the family to erect some kind of memorial for Susan so we, her family, can try and find some closure, where we can forever have somewhere to visit to mourn our beloved Susan.”

Peter says that any leftover money from the fundraiser will go towards a drug and alcohol charity as Susan “had an unfortunate life because of drink and drugs”.

He adds: “She was a good person but due to her vulnerabilities she was easily exploited by others.”

The Lennox Herald previously told how the neighbours in Redburn, Bonhill, were woken by Susan’s screaming for help in the early hours of July 25, 2017.

Memorial fundraiser for woman murdered after surviving fire at her Bonhill home

They tried to get to her but were overwhelmed by smoke coming from her flat.

Firefighters rescued her and she was left fighting for her life after being placed in a coma.

Susan had been living in Bonhill for around eight years at the time of the fire but she was originally from Darwen, near Blackburn.

Memorial fundraiser for woman murdered after surviving fire at her Bonhill home

Last month Alan Edwards was jailed after being found guilty of Susan’s murder after she was reported missing in January 2019.

Preston Crown Court heard 48-year-old Edwards subjected Susan to extreme violence, disposed of her body and then attempted to cover his tracks.

A forensic examination of his flat found more than 100 blood spots and traces of Susan’s DNA on a rubber Halloween skull mask worn by Edwards while he was said to have struck her at close proximity.

The last confirmed public sighting of Ms Waring was when she was shopping with Edwards in Darwen, Lancashire on January 29 where her bank card was used to buy a stuffed meerkat toy.

In the days that followed, Edwards appealed via Facebook for Ms Waring to return or make contact.

He claimed he didn’t know why she vanished.

To donate to the fundraiser, log onto https://gofund.me/c7dfc41b

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