Sarah Sands: ‘Mum killed our abuser – it didn’t stop the nightmares’

She became friends with Pleasted, who lived on his own. He was a high-profile character on the estate, often perched on a seat outside the newsagents, giving him contact with the local residents and their children. «I thought he was a lovely old man,» she says now. «I cooked for him, looked after him, always kept him company when I had the time.»