Family pay heartbreaking tribute to murdered Higher Walton couple

Posted on - 28th July, 2022 - 8:15pm | Author - | Posted in - Crime, Lancashire Police, Preston News, South Ribble News, Walton-le-Dale
Tricia Livesey and Anthony Tipping
Tricia Livesey and Anthony Tipping

The family of Tricia Livesey and Anthony Tipping have paid a heartbreaking tribute to the pair.

Their son, Lee Tipping, was today jailed for life for murdering Tricia and Anthony in their home in Cann Bridge Street, Higher Walton.

In a statement, the family described the ‘horrid nightmare’ they have lived through since Tricia and Anthony were found with multiple stab wounds in November last year.

They describe the pair, who had been together since they were teenagers, as ‘inseparable’, and said their deaths had left a ‘gaping hole’ in their hearts.

They also dismissed the version of events told by Tipping in court, saying he lied about how his mother and father treated him.

Read more: Man who murdered his parents in their Higher Walton home is jailed for life

The statement can be read in full below.

“Saturday 20 November 2021 is a date that we will remember for the rest of our lives. That day changed our world forever; we lost two people at once.

“The loss of Tricia and Anthony has not been like a normal bereavement. We never got to say goodbye, and we will never get to know the truth of what happened that night.

“The weeks and months that followed Tricia and Anthony’s death, we didn’t want to get up. Our nightmare was real, and it got worse, as when the shock had subsided the reality set in.

“Since their deaths, how Tricia and Anthony died has been at the forefront of our minds, constantly replaying the news, wondering how it could have happened, wanting to know that they didn’t suffer.

“Tricia and Anthony have been together since they were teenagers; they loved each other deeply and were inseparable.

“Not only has this broken our family but our lives will never be the same again, we live in a horrid nightmare which no one would think could ever happen to them. Family holidays like Christmases and birthdays will never be the same, we would always gather as a family. The loss of Anthony and Tricia will always be felt and highlighted.

“One of the hardest parts of court has been listening to the lies that Lee has told.

“Anthony was not a bully, he loved his son and put him on a pedestal all his life, he would not have someone say a bad word about Lee. Anthony was the core of our family, our go-to person. Everyone went to him for advice, or help. He did everything for our families and would drop what he was doing to help, whether you were a family member, friend, neighbour or even Lee.

“Likewise, the portrait that Lee has painted of his mother, Tricia, could not be further from the truth. Lee would have strangers believing that his mother neglected him; Tricia loved Lee, he was her baby, her world. Tricia had the patience of a saint, she put up with behaviour from Lee that no other mother would do; they both had high hopes for their only son.

“Tricia and Anthony should have been able to retire and be happy, enjoy their house, their family and friends, they should have been able to enjoy their lives together. But due to the actions of Lee, they are not here, their happy retirement has been taken from them.

“The loss of Tricia and Anthony has left a gaping hole in our hearts, we are a close family and have relied on each other for support through this difficult time.

“We would like to thank Lancashire Constabulary for their support and investment during the investigation, and we would like to express our gratitude to the Family Liaison Officers who have guided and comforted us through this difficult process and to the everyone on the Major Investigations Team at Preston who have spent so much time meticulously gathering evidence, building a case and keeping us informed along the way.

“We would like to thank the support we have received from our family, friends and the community of Higher Walton.

“We would like to ask that people now respect our privacy as we begin our journey of bereavement. Thank you.”

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