Family's heartbreaking tribute to young Northumberland dad after tragic death in motorcycle accident

The mother of a motorcycle enthusiast has urged other riders to stay safe following the tragic death of her beloved son at the age of 23.

Friday, 17th April 2020, 1:28 pm
Updated Friday, 17th April 2020, 1:29 pm

Known as Jimmy or Fergy to his friends, the ‘motorbike mad’ lad leaves behind his own young son Jimmy Eric Ferguson, who turns two today – Friday, April 7 – parents Marilyn Iley and William Ferguson, brothers Grant, Lee, Jack, Harry and Bailey and girlfriend Sinead Bell.

In a statement released by Northumbria Police, Jimmy's mum Marilyn paid tribute to her son – and also issued a stark warning to other bikers to stay safe on the roads.

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Jimmy Ferguson's family has paid tribute to him following his tragic death.

She said: “He lived for what he called the ‘buzz’ of the bike, the feel of the power behind him.

“He was an amazing rider but his passion ended his life.

“Myself and my family are devastated. I have no words to the pain we are feeling, waking up each day now not seeing him covered in oil and being off out on the bikes.

“Jimmy would never have wanted me to issue a message to people to try to stop them enjoying their bikes - but I know he would now want me to say please stay safe.

“Always wear a helmet – like he always did, keep control of your bike and don’t think you can do things on these powerful machines that shouldn’t be done. Anyone can lose control at any time and could end up like he has.

“He will be missed by everyone who knew him. All his friends - Lewis Allen, Matty Dobison, Karl Weatherstone, Ed Coulson, John Dunwoody and Manny Burgo - said when he entered a room his smile lit up the whole place and they will never see that again.”

“I hope his death will send a strong message to young riders to please stay safe.”

The incident happened at around 1.55pm on Monday, and any witnesses were asked to contact Sgt Dave Roberts by emailing [email protected] quoting log 423 of 13/04/20.

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