'He adored his twin boys' - Family pay tribute to a dad who died following an alleged assault in Newcastle

The family of a dad have paid tribute to him after he died following an alleged assault in Newcastle.
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The family of Bradley Lee William Tams have paid tribute to him after he sadly passed away following an assault on Cartmel Green, in Slatyford, just before midnight on December 6.

Northumbria Police have confirmed that the 23-year-old suffered serious injuries consistent with having been caused by a bladed article.

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Bradley, who was dad to twin boys and a stepfather to his partner’s eight-year-old, sadly died at the scene despite the best efforts of emergency responders.

Bradley Lee William Tams with his mum, Julie Weatherson. Photo: Other 3rd Party.Bradley Lee William Tams with his mum, Julie Weatherson. Photo: Other 3rd Party.
Bradley Lee William Tams with his mum, Julie Weatherson. Photo: Other 3rd Party.

He was the oldest of seven brothers and sisters and now his family have been left heartbroken are they prepare for their first Christmas without him.

His eldest sister Lauren said: "I don’t even know how we can describe Bradley, he can be described in so many words.

"He was an absolute character to say the least. He was the funniest person you could come across.

Bradley Lee William Tams  with his brother, Callum Taylor Weatherson. Photo: Other 3rd Party.Bradley Lee William Tams  with his brother, Callum Taylor Weatherson. Photo: Other 3rd Party.
Bradley Lee William Tams with his brother, Callum Taylor Weatherson. Photo: Other 3rd Party.
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“When we lost our father, he became a father figure to us as well. From that moment on, he saw himself as the man of the house.

“I don’t think we can process it, it still hasn’t sunk in. Even now, we’re waiting for him to turn up or to give us a call.

“All I know is it’s caused us a lot of pain.”

Bradley's family have revealed that he enjoyed fishing and had previously taken up hobbies such as kickboxing and football with Lauren.

His mum, Julie Weatherson, has expressed her devastation at the family's loss, especially this close to Christmas.

Bradley Lee William Tams with sisters Lauren Weatherson (left), Kelsey Weatherson (centre), and Elliemae Weatherson (right). Photo: Other 3rd Party.Bradley Lee William Tams with sisters Lauren Weatherson (left), Kelsey Weatherson (centre), and Elliemae Weatherson (right). Photo: Other 3rd Party.
Bradley Lee William Tams with sisters Lauren Weatherson (left), Kelsey Weatherson (centre), and Elliemae Weatherson (right). Photo: Other 3rd Party.
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She commented: “Bradley was my absolute world. He adored his twin boys.

“Bradley would be the one who woke everybody up at Christmas, he would be up at six o’clock in the morning.

“People ask are you all right and how are you feeling? No, I’m not. I’m trying to put a brave face on, we are all devastated.”

Northumbria Police has confirmed that Bradley's family is continuing to be supported by specialist officers at this time.

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Officers have charged a 24-year-old man and a 49-year-old woman with Bradley's murder.

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A further three people remain on police bail as inquiries into the incident remain ongoing.

Anyone with information about what happened or they believe could assist the investigation is asked to contact police using the ‘Report’ pages of the Northumbria Police website or call 101, quoting reference: NP-20231206-1129. 

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Members of the public can also provide information and submit materials in connection with this investigation by visiting Northumbria Police’s dedicated Major Incident Public Portal online: Public Portal (mipp.police.uk).

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