Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

He Would Always Look after People and Every Door in the Street Was Open to Him

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

He Would Always Look after People and Every Door in the Street Was Open to Him

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Byline: By Rob Kennedy

Fighting back tears, a father today told of his frantic fight to save his 15-year-old son.

John Allott found fun-loving Jamie dead in bed and vainly fought to revive him, but it was too late.

Jamie had just completed his first day at a new youth project and appeared to have the world at his feet.

The 6ft 3ins motorbike fanatic's weight had increased to 17 stone after years of taking steroids for an asthma problem.

But despite his size friends and family say Jamie was a gentle and loving lad who was adored by everyone who knew him.

Today, speaking from the home he shared with Jamie in Point Pleasant Terrace, Wallsend, Mr Allott choked back tears to pay tribute to his son.

Mr Allott, 53, a former soldier who works at the Formica factory in North Shields, said: "He was a happy outgoing kid and he was loved by everyone who knew him and I'm completely devastated.

"He was such a popular lad, so kind-hearted and it's really affecting people round here as well as me.

"He was the kind of lad who would always look after people and every door in the street was open to him. He was a credit to me and everyone who knew him.

"He had just been to his first bike rally with me a couple of months ago in Durham and absolutely loved it.

"He's had an off-roader since he was 12 and was looking forward to being able to get a proper bike when he was old enough.

"Jamie was the kind of lad who loved nothing better than being covered in grease and getting dirty and helping people."

Jamie, who lived alone with his dad, has a sister, Jazzmine, 11, who lives with her and Jamie's mum Paula Thompson, in Haltwhistle, Northumberland and a step-sister, Clare, who is in her 20s and also lives in Northumberland.

As well as his passion for motorbikes, Jamie was a dedicated fundraiser for the North East Air Ambulance. …

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