Family tells of loss of ‘lovely lad’

The house in Ribble Road, off Central Drive, Blackpool, where Thomas Poole (below) was found with head injuries. He later died in hospital.

The house in Ribble Road, off Central Drive, Blackpool, where Thomas Poole (below) was found with head injuries. He later died in hospital.

A devastated mother today spoke of her heartache after her “wonderful son” suffered fatal head injuries at a party.

Thomas Poole, 23, died just an hour and a half after being found by police with severe head injuries in a terraced house in Ribble Road, Blackpool on Saturday morning.

Detectives from Lancashire police’s Force Major Incident Team said it is thought Mr Poole had been a guest at a house party being held at the property located just off Central Drive.

Four people have been arrested on suspicion of murder by police and were still in custody today facing further questioning by detectives.

Speaking from the family home in Preston New Road, Marton, Thomas’ mother, who asked not to be named, said: “He was just a wonderful son.

“He was a happy, fun loving person and he lived life for today. We’re really devastated and I’m completely shocked.

“Nothing was any trouble for him and we knew him as a lovely lad.”

“He was well known and popular around Blackpool, and he had loads of friends.

“He just liked doing all the things that normal lads do, like going off to the pictures or to the pub with his mates.

“He was very considerate and kind.

“Tom was just wonderful.

“He was a lovely lad and we’d like people to leave us alone now to grieve.”

Mr Poole attended Collegiate High School and later worked as a labourer for his father, Jim, fitting fire alarms at commercial premises.

The 23-year-old also leaves behind two devastated brothers, aged 24 and 21.

Police were called to a house on Ribble Road, off Central Drive, Blackpool, at around 8am on Saturday to reports of an assault taking place.

Mr Poole was taken by ambulance to Blackpool Victoria Hospital where he lost his fight for life around an hour and a half later at 9.30am.

His family were informed of his death at 1pm that afternoon.

Friends and acquaintances have joined his family in paying tribute to their popular son.

Mr Poole was a regular at The Clarence pub, on Preston New Road, close to his family’s home.

Adam Moseley, a barman at the pub, said: “He was a nice man who tried to get on with everyone and live his life.

“He used to come in every now and then to play snooker with his dad.”

People also took to social networking websites Facebook and Twitter to pay their respects.

Barry Nicholson said: “Sad news, no body deserves to die this way.

“Everybody has the right to live their lives and no body should take that from them.

“My thoughts are with his family and friends, R.I.P.”

Jade Leanne added: “Utterly shocked at such sad news, R.I.P.”

John Topping, acting head teacher at Collegiate High School, on Blackpool Old Road said he and his team have been saddened to hear of the death of their former pupil.

He said: “It is a tragedy when a school loses a former pupil.

“Many staff will have known him and will be saddened to hear of Mr Poole’s passing.”

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