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Family of Dean Stansby launch new anti-knife crime charity

PUBLISHED: 14:02 11 December 2017 | UPDATED: 14:38 11 December 2017

A new anti-knife crime charity has been launched in memory of father-of-five Dean Stansby. Picture: ADAM HOWLETT

A new anti-knife crime charity has been launched in memory of father-of-five Dean Stansby. Picture: ADAM HOWLETT

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The family of murdered Trimley man Dean Stansby have launched an anti-crime charity in his memory - in the hope of preventing other families from going through a similar tragedy.

Former Ipswich Town FC star Carlos Edwards will act as an ambassador for the new charity. Picture: ADAM HOWLETTFormer Ipswich Town FC star Carlos Edwards will act as an ambassador for the new charity. Picture: ADAM HOWLETT

A bake and jumble sale was held at the Welcome Hall in Mr Stansby’s home village of Trimley St Mary to launch the Be Lucky Anti-Knife Crime Foundation on Saturday.

Former Ipswich Town FC star Carlos Edwards, who was a friend of Mr Stansby’s, attended the event as the charity’s ambassador along with family and friends of the popular father-of-five.

The charity was set up by Dean’s brother Paul, who owns the Lucky 13 tattoo parlour in Ipswich.

Mr Stansby’s sister Jasmine said the charity would act as a lasting legacy to her brother.

Amy Peck paints four-year-old Aliyah Twomey's face at the event in Trimley St Mary. Picture: ADAM HOWLETTAmy Peck paints four-year-old Aliyah Twomey's face at the event in Trimley St Mary. Picture: ADAM HOWLETT

“Me and my brother were very close,” she said.

“I wouldn’t want anyone to go through what we have been through.

“If we can stop another family going through a similar situation to us it will be all worthwhile.

“It seems like it only happened yesterday, I don’t think we will ever get over it.”

Family photo taken of Dean Stansby with his familyFamily photo taken of Dean Stansby with his family

Mr Edwards added: “I have known Dean’s brother Paul for about six or seven years, we just really clicked when we met.

“This is something I really wanted to get involved with.

“What makes it even more important is the untimely death of his brother.

“I don’t think anyone would like to lose a family member, especially in the manner he did.

“Paul started the charity to honour his brother.

“All his family have come together to make this a possibility.

“I am here in an ambassador role, I am trying to raise the profile of this amazing new charity. The more we can do to help stop crime the better for everyone.”

Dean Stansby, 41, died from a wound to his abdomen after he was attacked at around 6.30pm on February 8 in Ancaster Road in Ipswich. He was rushed to Ipswich Hospital but died a short time later.

Following an investigation by Suffolk police, four men – Tecwyn Parker, Amiadul Islam, Daniel Kaganda, Jason Ruby – have been charged in connection with his murder and are awaiting trial at Ipswich Crown Court.

See here for information about the anti-crime charity.

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