Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Every Small Thing Got Amplified in Him. He Had a Caring, Soft Nature

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Every Small Thing Got Amplified in Him. He Had a Caring, Soft Nature

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Byline: By Sonia Sharma

A family gp today told of his anguish after his tormented son leapt to his death from the Tyne Bridge.

Sharad Anand was found near the Akenside pub on Newcastle's Quayside on Friday morning.

The 27-year-old, who had been suffering from mental health problems, left his parents' home in Gosforth at around 7.30am and did not return. His body was found around an hour later.

An inquest has not yet been opened but his family believe he took his own life.

Since then they have been moved by the warm tributes being paid to Sharad by loved ones. Dozens of people have visited them and told of their sadness.

His dad, Dr Anand, a GP at the surgery in Elmfield Road, Gosforth, said Sharad had been troubled in the weeks before his death.

One of his worries may have been his dad's impending hearing at the General Medical Council for alleged dishonesty.

An investigation was launched after Dr Anand was alleged to have issued a false sick note to an undercover Sunday newspaper reporter who told him she wanted to take time off work to go on holiday.

Dr Anand, 59, said: "I don't feel this was the cause. But every small thing got amplified in him. He had a very soft nature.

"When the whole issue about the sick note started, I got dozens of letters of support from my patients. These were kept in a box in a room and I believe he had been quietly rifling through them. Maybe something pushed a button.

"He once asked me `why are you being punished? What have you done that's so wrong?' I did not really go into it with him. I did not understand what he was going through.

"He had started having problems around a year ago. He was behaving oddly and became paranoid. He felt he was being persecuted. At other times would get very hyper."

Last Monday, Sharad, a keen musician, went for a six-hour walk between Gosforth and Whitley Bay. When he returned he told his dad he was unhappy.

Dr Anand said: "He was feeling low so I took him for a drive and talked to him. …

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