A BRIDE whose husband died of a drug overdose just three weeks after their wedding has spoken of her heartache.
Jayne Eccles said her world was turned upside down when her heroin-user husband Craig, 32, collapsed during a drug-taking session at a house in Blackburn.
She grimly warned: "Heroin is an evil drug, it rips people and their families apart. Addicts start off on dope and move on to harder drugs but it's just not worth it."
Jayne, 37, who married her husband at Accrington Register Office after a whirlwind romance, said: "We were going to build a new life together. We were so in love with everything to look forward to but now it's all ruined."
Craig, a recovering addict, declared his love for Jayne just days after meeting her.
"We just clicked," said Jayne from their home in Pickup Street, Clayton-le-Moors.
"We met nearly a year ago and instantly fell in love. Within a week we had moved in together. I couldn't believe my luck. I have had some abusive relationships with men hitting me, but Craig was so different.
"He was tender, gentle and loving. He was bubbly and such fun. He was an ideal father to my kids who really loved him. We were all looking forward to having our first family Christmas together.
"I am not coping at all and can't believe this has happened."
Craig, a builder by trade, had vowed to beat his drug habit and was looking forward to beginning a new life with Jayne in Blackpool.
She said: "Craig had turned his life around and got himself off heroin. But he had a group of friends who were all using it and he must have had a moment of weakness.
"Craig and I were moving away from them to keep him healthy.
"He never brought drugs into our home and his death was an accident, a moment of madness.
"His body wasn't used to it any more so the hit killed him."
Craig leaves children Alec, Gemma, Sammy and Robbie; stepchildren Stephanie, Jonathan, Nikita and Danielle; parents Pat and Derrick; sister-in-law Tracey Anderson; and parents-in-law Jimmy Rimmer and Carol Millward.
- THIS week Mark Hale appeared before Blackburn magistrates charged with manslaughter in connection with Mr Eccles's death. Hale, 37, is alleged to have helped Mr Eccles inject heroin into his neck during a drug-taking session at his home in Pump Street, Blackburn. Police were called to the house at 1.15am last Friday and Mr Eccles died after being rushed to Blackburn Royal Infirmary.