The iconic bridges across Newcastle and Gateshead have tonight been turned green by Newcastle City Council as a tribute to Gordon Gault, the 14-year-old boy who lost his life after a stabbing in Elswick last month.
The Tyne Bridge and the Gateshead Millennium Bridge shine green, the colour chosen to remember the youngster, as well as the Civic Centre. The illuminated bridges cast a powerful sight over The Tyne and paints an emotional scene after the tragedy which has left a community reeling.
Gordon was seriously injured in the Westmorland Road area of Newcastle at around 6:30 pm on Wednesday, November 9 and sadly lost his life after spending six days in hospital, on Tuesday, November 15.
The teenager has been called a "diamond of a boy" by loved ones following his passing, with tributes at a vigil last month also reading "one of a kind boy" and "life taken too young".
In the hours after his death, a fundraiser was set up to help ease any financial burden on the family with members of the community now having raised over £7,500.
Northumbria Police are still investigating the death with fourteen suspects who were arrested as part of a probe released on police bail.
Ahead of turning the iconic monuments in Newcastle green, a Newcastle City Council spokesperson said: "The Civic Centre and Tyne Bridge will be lit green on Tuesday, December 13 in memory of Gordon Gault.
“Gordon sadly lost his life in tragic circumstances and our thoughts are with his family and friends at this time.”
After Gordon's death, Chief Superintendent Helena Barron, Area Commander for Newcastle and Gateshead said: "It is with sadness that I am standing here today following the loss of a young life in a suspected knife attack. As a result of an incident in the Elswick area of Newcastle last Wednesday, 14-year-old Gordon Gault, of Newcastle, has tragically died.
"This is a devastating outcome and our thoughts are with his family at this time. An investigation remains ongoing into the incident and so far we have made 14 arrests.
"At this stage, we believe all parties involved were known to each other and there is no information to suggest there is a risk to the wider public.
"Today, I am standing here to make it clear that carrying a knife can never be acceptable – and we all have a responsibility to make sure that message is spread loud and clear, far and wide.
"Each and every one of us – as parents, families, communities and as a society – can help tackle knife crime.”