Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Pals Killed in Bike Tragedy

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Pals Killed in Bike Tragedy

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Byline: By Rob Kennedy and Brenda Hickman

A lad and his school pal died after hitting a lamp-post when he took his dad's powerful motorbike out for a spin.

Ross Leggate, 16, lost control of the 750cc machine and he and his pillion passenger Conor Lowden, 15, were catapulted to the ground.

Today his distraught father, Peter, was travelling back from a holiday in Tenerife after being told of the tragedy.

The boy's mother Cheryl, had been away in York and was also informed of the fatal collision by police. She was back on Tyneside today being comforted by family and friends.

It is not known at what speed the bike was travelling when it went out of control.

A Motor Patrols police spokesman said: " We are appealing for witnesses and will be at the scene today asking people for information."

Yesterday hundreds of youngsters gathered to pay their respects at the spot in North Shields where the pair died on Saturday evening.

Tearful friends hugged each other and placed flowers and cards in memory of Ross and Conor.

Today the devastated youngsters were due to sit their GCSE maths but many said they could not face the exam.

School pal David Reynolds, 16, of North Shields, said: "Ross was at my house just the other day, I can't believe this has happened.

"I knew him very well and he was a good lad, he never got in any trouble. He knew right from wrong.

"He took his dad's motorbike out of the garage while his dad was on holiday and unfortunately he crashed it.

"He's more used to 50cc scooters than 750cc motorbikes."

Ross, 16, of Wenlock Drive, and Conor, 15, of Bamborough Terrace, both North Shields, died on Malvern Road, Preston Grange, North Shields, around 7.15pm on Saturday.

Conor, who was riding pillion, died at the scene while Ross died later in North Tyneside General Hospital.

Ross's dad, a mechanic, his mum and 18-year-old sister have been devastated by the tragedy.

Ross was said to be very interested in cars and motorbikes. …

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