Grieving father of homeless man calls for crack-down on cheap alcohol which ruined his life

John Thompson says more needs to be done to clamp down on cheap alcohol Credit: BPM Media

A grieving father from Loughborough whose homeless son died on a bench in the town centre says there needs to be a crack-down on the cheap alcohol which ruined his life.

Former scaffolder Adam Thompson, 25, died just yards away from McDonald’s in Market Place, Loughborough, in the early hours of February 1.

He had been battling drink problems and was known to the council, police and homeless charities.

His father said: “He was a cracking lad with a lovely sense of humour. He was very kind, loved animals, and would do anything for anyone. He was not nasty at all. There was no badness in him.”

Adam Thompson has been described as one of the kindest of people Credit: BPM Media

Adam Thompson was found on the bench by street pastors who said he refused offers blankets and water.

An ambulance was called at around 3am after friends said he fell off the bench, but he died before he arrived at Leicester Royal Infirmary. Police are not treating the incident as suspicious.

Adam Thompson had been out with friends before he died Credit: BPM Media

A wake was held to remember his life at Minnie’s Friends, in Nottingham Road, on Monday.

John Thompson said he was glad that his son had “lots of friends and people supporting and helping him”.