THE heartbroken family of a much-loved North East man who died in a motorbike crash have paid tribute to “one of life’s big characters”.

Shortly after 11am on Friday, June 17 police were called to a report of a collision involving a motorcyclist on Heworth Road in Washington.

It was reported that the motorcycle had been travelling south when – for reasons yet to be established – it collided with a wall on the opposite side of the road.

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Emergency services attended and found the rider, 28-year-old Taylor Mallam, of Washington, who had suffered serious injuries. Taylor – affectionately known as ‘Tigz’ to family and friends – was taken to hospital by air ambulance but sadly died from his injuries the following day.

Today (June 29), Taylor’s family have today issued a heartfelt tribute to him.

They said: “We are truly heartbroken and devastated as we come to terms with losing Taylor. He was a much-loved son, partner, father and step-father who still had everything to live for.

“Taylor was a kind yet cheeky chap and we have taken comfort in knowing how well-loved he was by his wider family and many friends who have supported us following his passing.

“He was one of life’s big characters and a bit a thrill seeker and motorbike fanatic, but he also took great pleasure in the simple things in life such as spending time with his loved ones and fishing.

“We are still getting our heads around the fact that he is no longer with us. As a family we would like to thank everyone for their loving support and respectfully ask that we are given the time and privacy to grieve and come to terms with what’s happened.”

An investigation was immediately launched after the incident to establish the circumstances around the collision.

Officers are continuing to appeal for anybody who was in the area at the time to come forward with information which could further assist their investigation.

Sergeant Ray Lowery, of Northumbria Police’s motor patrols team, said: “This is a tragic incident and our thoughts remain with Taylor’s family and friends at this awful time.

“We are committed to getting answers for his family and finding out the full circumstances surrounding this collision, which has resulted in such a devastating outcome.

“Today, I am again asking for the public’s help. Anybody who believes they witnessed this collision, or who saw the motorcycle prior to or after the incident, should get in touch with police if they have not already done so.

“In our initial appeal, we also requested assistance in identifying a key witness who was driving a black Mercedes A class in the area at the time. The driver has since been identified and spoken to by officers.

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“However, we still want to hear from anybody who may have CCTV or dashcam footage which may be of interest to our investigation – so please do check your footage and get in touch.

“I would like to thank everyone who has already come forward with information to assist our investigation, especially witnesses at the scene who provided statements. It is hugely appreciated.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact police via the ‘Tell Us Something’ page of the Northumbria Police website or by calling 101 quoting log NP-20220617-0345.

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