Tributes paid to reporter

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TRIBUTES have been paid to a former Evening News journalist who has died, aged just 41.

Ian Laws, who started his career as a junior reporter at the Evening News in the early 1990s, died suddenly at his home.

He had been out with friends playing football before his death.

He leaves behind wife Kelly and children Lauren, James and Millie.

After leaving Scarborough, Mr Laws moved to the Sunderland Echo to cover Sunderland FC before becoming digital editor.

Ed Asquith, editor of the Scarborough Evening News, said: “Ian was an extremely popular and excellent member of the team.

“He will be well remembered and made a lot of friends in the community during his time with us.”

John Szymanski, editor of the Shields Gazette where Mr Laws also worked, added: “I first met Ian when we worked together at the Evening News, where he quickly established himself as an excellent news reporter.

“While on that paper, I remember Sunderland won city status and he told everyone in the newsroom, and showed us the story – he was so proud and positively beamed.

“He returned to the North East, which he genuinely loved, for a job at the Gazette and then landed his dream job, covering the football team he passionately supported.

“I also know he adored his children and my heart goes out to them for losing such a fantastic and loving dad at such a tragically young age.”