Murdered Bradley Tams' mum says son got 'justice he deserved' after killer pleads guilty

Murdered Bradley Tams' mum says son got 'justice he deserved' after killer pleads guilty


Bradley Tams "has got the justice he deserved" six months on his from his murder.

That's the message from Bradley's mother Julie Weatherson who spoke out after Blakelaw killer Gavin Train admitted carrying out the murder, which took place in the Slatyford area of Newcastle. Train was convicted of murder at Newcastle Crown Court after confessing to stabbing 23-year-old Bradley in December.

Train had been due to stand trial - but dramatically changed his plea to guilty. Co-accused Andrea Train - Gavin's mother - and Lewis Allison, who denied murder, have admitted violent disorder. Prosecutor David Lamb KC told Newcastle Crown Court the guilty pleas entered by the trio were acceptable and they will be sentenced next month.

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Just before midnight on December 6 last year, police responded to a report of an assault on Cartmel Green in Slatyford. Bradley was found to have serious injuries consistent with having been stabbed, and died at the scene.

Bradley's mother Julie has said in a statement: "It’s the sixth month anniversary since the death of Bradley and today he’s got the justice he deserved."

Julie Weatherson holding a photo of son Bradley Tams
Julie Weatherson from Newcastle whose son Bradley Tams was killed -Credit:Newcastle Chronicle

Previously, Bradley's family paid a moving tribute saying of the lad - the eldest of seven siblings - that: "“He was the funniest kid with an infectious laugh and a beautiful smile."

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.

“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."

At the time, Julie added: "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.

Gavin Train, who admitted murdering Bradley Tams
Gavin Train, who admitted murdering Bradley Tams -Credit:Northumbria Police

“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." Bradley was a father of twins, and step-father to his partner's eight-year-old, too.

The police investigation had found how on the evening of December 6, Bradley had travelled to the address in Slatyford by taxi and was followed by Gavin Train. Train confronted Bradley about a previous dispute before a physical and verbal altercation ensued.

Bradley fled the scene into a neighbouring block of flats after suffering a single wound to his side, but died a short time later despite the efforts of emergency responders. Within hours, Train was arrested and initially denied his involvement in Bradley’s death.

Train, 24, of Rothay Place, Blakelaw, Newcastle, Lewis Allison, 24, of Roundhill Avenue, Blakelaw, and Andrea Train, 49, of Rothay Place, Blakelaw, will be sentenced on July 22. All three were remanded in custody.