Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

I've Lost My Daughter but She Has Left Us Something Precious; Gran Takes on Lad after Heroin Death

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

I've Lost My Daughter but She Has Left Us Something Precious; Gran Takes on Lad after Heroin Death

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Byline: By ROB PATTINSON

CLINGING tightly to his grandmother, little Jack Newton is a precious gift to his family.

The four-year-old's mum, Dorothy Gallon, was found dead in the bath after taking a dose of lethal heroin.

Her family were robbed of the chance to say goodbye as her body lay in a mortuary for six days before they were told she was dead.

Now Jack is being cherished in loving memory of 32-year-old Dorothy.

At home in Cragton Gardens, Blyth, Dorothy's mum Margery has vowed to continue raising her grandson as her own.

Speaking about the daughter she always loved, the 65-year-old said: "I've never made a secret of it - once she was involved in drugs I used to expect a knock on the door every night telling me she was dead. I just prayed and prayed it wouldn't happen.

"It's so sad. She was lying there for six days before we knew she'd died. By that time it was too late to see her. I feel robbed of being able to say goodbye. Her brothers and sister couldn't give her a kiss.

"I didn't like Dorothy when she was on drugs but I always loved her, we stayed in touch.

"She would call here and speak to Jack. When he got old enough to answer the phone he would get really excited she was ringing.

"He hasn't been able to understand why all the cards are here for her. I've just told him she was bad, and now she's in heaven. I won't let him forget her.

"I'll never forget her last phone call. She'd got a house and she wanted to make a go of things and have Jack to stay. It breaks my heart it will never happen now."

Dorothy, known locally as Mary, was found in a bath at Laburnum Grove, Lancaster, Lancashire, on March 27.

On the same day police released a warning about super-strength, pure heroin being circulated in the area.

In the warning Det Con Ness Gregson, of Lancaster CID, said: "We would urge drug-users to be aware that there is a batch of what seems to be unusually pure heroin in circulation and that this has the potential to cause serious illness if taken. …

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