'Backbone of our family' - Partner's tribute after stab victim's funeral

Dean Allsop (third from left) with his partner Louise Newell and two of his children. 

Dean Allsop (third from left) with his partner Louise Newell and two of his children. - Credit: Submitted by Norfolk Constabulary

The partner and the mother of a man stabbed to death outside his home have spoken out about the impact of his death.

Louise Newell was taken to hospital after the incident that left Dean Allsop fatally wounded in Thorpe St Andrew.

Mr Allsop has now been laid to rest following a "beautiful" funeral service, and Miss Newell has told how his death has devastated not just his family but the "whole community".

Mr Allsop, 41, was stabbed in a disturbance involving a number of people in Primrose Crescent shortly after 7.35pm on Wednesday, April 14.

Dean Allsop, left, pictured with partner Louise Newell.

Dean Allsop, left, pictured with partner Louise Newell. Picture supplied by Norfolk Constabulary. - Credit: Norfolk Constabulary

Miss Newell said: "Dean was the backbone of our family. He held us all together.  

"The impact of Dean's death has devastated not just his family but the whole community. 

"Dean was a caring, protective and lovable family man. He loved and lived life to the full.

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"He was the funniest man and his laugh was infectious."

Murder victim Dean Allsop pictured on a motorbike

James Crosbie has appeared in court charged with murder of Dean Allsop, pictured. - Credit: Facebook

The funeral service was held at Colney Wood near Norwich last week.

Pictures taken of the funeral service for Dean Allsop at Colney Wood.

Pictures taken of the funeral service for Dean Allsop at Colney Wood. - Credit: Gareth Matey

Miss Newell thanked Dove and Daisy Funerals for an "amazing service" and said "the whole day was just beautiful".

Pictures taken of the funeral service for Dean Allsop at Colney Wood.

Pictures taken of the funeral service for Dean Allsop at Colney Wood. - Credit: Gareth Matey

She said: "It really did make the whole experience a comfort to see Dean given the loveliest of send offs."

Pictures taken of the funeral service for Dean Allsop at Colney Wood.

Pictures taken of the funeral service for Dean Allsop at Colney Wood. - Credit: Gareth Matey

The funeral service took place after restrictions were lifted on the number of people able to attend, meaning it was packed with family and friends.

Pictures taken of the funeral service for Dean Allsop at Colney Wood.

Pictures taken of the funeral service for Dean Allsop at Colney Wood. - Credit: Gareth Matey

Among those attending was Mr Allsop's mother Jill, 61, from Lincolnshire.

Pictures taken of the funeral service for Dean Allsop at Colney Wood.

Pictures taken of the funeral service for Dean Allsop at Colney Wood. - Credit: Gareth Matey

She said: "I can't believe Dean has gone. My heart is shattered and our family is truly broken.

"We miss him so much. He was a big part of our lives.

"My life will never be the same."

She said Mr Allsop's death had "affected so many people's lives".

But she said they were a "strong family" and would "get through this together".

Police at the scene of a fatal stabbing and three other people injured at Primrose Crescent

Police at the scene of a fatal stabbing and three other people injured at Primrose Crescent in Thorpe St Andrew. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: DENISE BRADLEY/Archant2021

As previously reported Mr Allsop's family paid tribute to the father-of-three following his death last month.

Mr Allsop, a roadworker with a love of motorbikes, was pronounced dead at the scene.

A Home Office post-mortem examination concluded the cause of death was a stab wound to the chest.

Police forensic officers at the scene of a fatal stabbing and three other people injured at Primrose

Police forensic officers at the scene of a fatal stabbing, which saw other people injured, at Primrose Crescent in Thorpe St Andrew. - Credit: DENISE BRADLEY/Archant2021

James Crosbie, 47, of Primrose Crescent, has been charged with Mr Allsop's murder and is facing trial in December.

Crosbie, who is also charged with two counts of grievous bodily harm and three counts of possessing an offensive weapon, is due in court for a plea and trial preparation hearing on July 16. 

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