Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Parents' Appeal over Hit-and-Run

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Parents' Appeal over Hit-and-Run

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Byline: By Beverley Addy

Mother breaks down at police station press conference

The parents of a 15-year-old boy who was killed in a hit-and-run by a stolen car have made an emotional appeal for information that could lead to the conviction of her son's killers.

Teenager Ian Gourley was mowed down on playing fields by Eden Lane, Peterlee, last Wednesday night as two friends looked on in horror.

He died in hospital later that evening from his injuries.

At a press conference at Peterlee Police Station yesterday, his mother Lavinia said: "On Wednesday my nightmare started and if somebody can come forward and help the police catch those who did this then at least part of my nightmare will have ended."

Mrs Gourley said Ian was missed greatly. He was the only one of their five children still living at the family home in Lakemore, Peterlee, with her and his father Alan, who reiterated the appeal for help from the people of Peterlee.

Mrs Gourley broke down in tears as she recalled the last time she saw her son alive was when she waved him off to school on the morning of his death.

She said she didn't know how she was coping, but with her family around her she was "getting by".

Ian's older brothers and sisters, Joanne Gourley-Duggan, 32, who was at the press conference, Cheryl Slater, 31, Arron Gourley, 25, and David Gourley 23, all lived away from home.

"It is very odd at night-time when there's just the two of us in the house. He would normally come in and play his music and play his computer games," added Mrs Gourley.

She pointed out that these noises indicated her 15-year-old was about the house, but added now it was quiet and, "That's what brings it home".

Ian was an avid Sunderland Football Club supporter and his mother used to tease him that it was pointless following them now they were not doing so well - but he was adamant he would keep up his support. …

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