Acid-wielding thugs target terminally ill mum and her disabled son is series of sick attacks

James and Natasha with their three-year-old son Alfie claim they are victims of a hate campaign (Image: Liverpool Echo)

Acid-wielding thugs have targeted a terminally ill mum and her disabled son in a series of sick attacks.

Callous vandals poured acid over Natasha Burke’s car, slashed her tyres and scratched the bodywork.

The 25-year-old is registered blind, disabled and has a terminal condition – while her three-year-old son Alfie is also disabled and has to go to hospital on a monthly basis.

Natasha claims that the campaign of hate against her family, from Ellesmere Port, Chester, began in May this year.

Husband James told Chester Chronicle : “Both my wife and son have to go to hospital in Manchester once a month and my wife has to go to Oswestry and Clatterbridge.

“We need the car, Manchester is 40 miles away, we’ll struggle if we have it taken off us.

“It’s costing us money because we have to claim for the damage, which means paying the excess. It’s a big hit on us.”

Damage caused to the family’s car – which they urgently need to drive their son to hospital (Image: Liverpool Echo)

The incidents appear to be unprovoked – with the family at a complete loss as to why anyone would want to do them harm.

Sgt Martin Campbell of Cheshire Police said: “Although the car which was damaged has been sanded down, the corrosive material is such that the metal continues to degrade and can’t be resprayed at this time.

“A rental car was provided but this continues to be damaged which has resulted in them being at risk of having their mobility car taken off them.

“This will massively impact on the family as they won’t be able to travel to their hospital appointments.

“I would appeal to the conscience of those who know the people responsible to contact police so that we can find the offenders and make this stop.

Another incident saw a window broken at their home in Ellesmere Port, Chester (Image: Liverpool Echo)

“It beggars belief that someone would target such a vulnerable family who are trying to get on with their lives as best they can despite the devastating challenges life is throwing at them.

“If you know something that could help us with our investigation, please contact police and tell them what you know so that we can find those responsible for this incomprehensible and sickening vendetta.”

– Anyone with information should contact Cheshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 1086 of July 13. Alternatively, information can be given anonymously by contacting Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.


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