Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Friend in Mourning after Tragic Discovery at Coast

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Friend in Mourning after Tragic Discovery at Coast

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Byline: Sophie Doughty Reporter sophie.doughty@ncjmedia.co.uk @Sophie_Doughty

DEVASTATED Micky Lewin yesterday told of his shock and grief at the death of his closest friend.

Adam Langwell's body was discovered on the shore at Browns Bay, in Whitley Bay, on Saturday.

And as police continue to investigate how the 25-year-old died, Micky has told how he wished there was something he could have done to save his friend.

Micky, from Longbenton, said: "We have been the best of pals for 10 years. I met him at school and we have been side by side since then. We have always been there for each other.

"I'm the one he rings if there's anything the matter. I don't know what's gone on. I'm the closest friend he's got. It didn't matter what he did, I would never turn my back on him. I was always there for him."

Adam met Micky, also 25, when both were pupils at Longbenton Community College and they became close after leaving school.

The friends had a shared love of kick-boxing, training in the gym and going out for a drink.

"We used to go out every weekend," said Micky. "He was a cracking footballer when we were younger at school.

"As we got older we both got into kick-boxing. It started one weekend down at the gym. We just did it for a bit of crack, but then we started competing together.

"He would never shy away from a challenge."

Adam and Micky spent most weekends together during their early 20s, either away at kick-boxing competitions or enjoying nights out.

"He just lived for the weekend," Micky continued. "He loved going out.

"Every boozer he went in he got on with everybody. I don't think he realised just how much he was loved." The pair remained firm friends but over recent years began to spend less time together, after Micky got a job as a taxi driver, which meant he was working most weekends.

Meanwhile Adam struggled to find permanent work and had moved to a hostel in Whitley Bay.

"He was in and out of work, and I'm working all the time," said Micky. "We started to live two very different lives. He always said I was dead lucky. Work is so hard to come by now, especially when you get stuck in that rut of not working. …

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