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Mother of stabbing victim tells of grief

From the Northern Echo, first published Tuesday 14th Jan 2003.

THE mother of a North-East man who was stabbed to death spoke for the first time of her heartache last night as detectives questioned three teenagers.

Robert Dunne, 31, died following a confrontation outside the post office in the West Lane area of Middlesbrough on Saturday.

Detectives could not confirm reports that he was attacked with a samurai sword as they have yet to find the weapon.

The tragedy happened not far from the home Mr Dunne shared with his girlfriend, Julie, and their nine-month-old son, Liam, in nearby Connaught Road.

Robert's distraught mother, Barbara, yesterday visited the place where her son was attacked.

"I just needed to see where he drew his last breath," she said. "He was such a special person and a great dad and would help anybody out.

"I have come to see all the tributes to him, but he would not wish anyone to grieve."

She had harsh words for Middlesbrough General Hospital where a mix-up meant the family initially thought Mr Dunne was alive and had been discharged when he was already dead.

Mrs Dunne said: "Julie rang me to say there had been an incident and he had been taken to hospital. I rang the hospital and was told he had been discharged. I am so angry."

A hospital spokeswoman said: "The trust is looking into this as a matter of urgency, but we are very sorry for the distress caused to the family."

Three teenagers were arrested yesterday in connection with the killing.

Police said a 19-year-old had walked into Middlesbrough police station. Shortly afterwards a 14-year-old and a 17-year-old surrendered themselves to detectives. All three were accompanied by solicitors.

The teenagers are from the West Lane area of Middlesbrough.

Acting Detective Superintendent Gordon Laing, who is leading the investigation, said police were anxious to speak to everyone who was at the incident.

Anyone with any information is asked to phone (01642) 303188.

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First published on Monday 13 January 2003:

'Samurai sword' murderer hunted

by Gavin Havery

The killer of a hard-working father, who was stabbed with what is believed to be a samurai sword in front of shoppers and children, was being hunted last night.

Witnesses spoke of a row between 31-year-old scaffolder Robert Dunne and a gang of youths outside the Post Office in West Lane, Middlesbrough.

As Mr Dunne turned away, one of the youths pulled out the blade and stabbed him in the back at 2.45pm on Saturday afternoon.

The gang ran off, leaving Mr Dunne lying in a pool of blood. Horrified onlookers tried to give him first aid and called an ambulance.

One teenage witness said: "He was only hit once in the back but it was a terrible wound and there was blood all over the pavement.

"There were lots of people about. It was just a normal Saturday afternoon until this happened. It was a real shock."

Paramedics rushed Mr Dunne to Middlesbrough General Hospital but he died shortly after arrival.

He was described as a well-known and well-liked member of the community, living with his girlfriend, Julie, and their nine-month-old son, Liam, in nearby Connaught Road.

Acting Detective Superintendent Gordon Laing said: "We have had it reported that a samurai sword was used.

"I must stress that we have not found the murder weapon and at this stage we cannot confirm what it was. Certainly it was a very sharp bladed instrument.

"Robert Dunne is well spoken of in the community, a popular man who got on well with people.

"On that day, he went to the area near his home and encountered these young people. For some reason - we don't yet know why - an argument broke out.

"It led to a vicious, brutal assault with this bladed weapon which caused horrific injuries from which he bled to death. This has sent shockwaves through the community."

Several witnesses have already come forward to say that the weapon used was a samurai sword.

One tearful friend said: "Everyone knew him as Donny. He was a smashing lad and a good father to his little boy. He thought the world of Liam, and Julie is going to be devastated by this - I feel so sorry for her. His mother and father live in the area and they will be distraught."

"He was a hard-working lad, a family man and for him to be murdered in the street like is just unbelievable."

After the attack, police cordoned off the area and set up a major incident room before beginning door-to-door inquiries as the hunt for the youths got under way.

Detectives have launched a murder investigation and 50 police officers are now searching for clues.

Officers will be using footage from a CCTV camera, which is positioned only six metres from the murder scene.

Acting Detective Superintendent Laing appealed for anyone in the area at the time to come forward.

"Anyone who is prepared to use that level of violence has no place in our community and it is vital that people tell us what they know," he said.

"This has had an absolutely terrible effect on his family and friends and they are having great deal of difficulty coming to terms with it.

"Those responsible have left behind a devastated family and a baby boy who has lost a father."

Anyone with information is urged to call police on (01642) 303188.

 
 



 

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SAMURAI MURDER: 3 ARRESTS
By Jeremy Armstrong

THREE teenagers were being questioned last night over the murder of a dad with a samurai sword.

Robert Dunne, 31, died in a pool of blood from a single wound to his back after confronting a gang of youths.

Residents believe Dunne was attacked as he had stood up to youths in the past over anti-social behaviour and drug-taking.

At one stage they tried to warn him off with a baseball bat.

Elaine Sutherland, 42, who runs a hairdressers yards from where he was killed, said: "Robert stood up to them and he has paid for it with his life."

The scaffolder died on his way home from the pub to see his girlfriend Julie and their nine-month old son Liam.

Det Supt Gordon Laing, leading the inquiry, said: "It was such a vicious assault that this has galvanised the community.

A boy of 19, one of 17 and another of 14, gave themselves up for questioning at Middlesbrough police station last night. All three were arrested.

Accused of sword killing

Jul 14 2003

By Evening Gazette

 

The trial of a Teesside teenager accused of killing scaffolder Robert Dunne with a samurai sword was due to start today.

Jason Benjamin Kelly, 19, of Outhwaite Street, Middlesbrough, pleaded not guilty to the murder charge at an earlier hearing.

The jury trial, which is expected to last more than two weeks, was listed to start today in Court 11 at Teesside Crown Court before the Recorder of Middlesbrough, Judge Peter Fox QC.

The charge arises out of an incident near the West Lane Post Office in Middlesbrough on January 11.

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'He destroyed all our lives'

Jul 16 2003

Mike Underwood, Evening Gazette

 

The outraged family of samurai sword murder victim Robert Dunne today blasted the sentence handed out to his killer.


Barbara Dunne, mother of samurai sword victim Robert Dunne

Mr Dunne's heartbroken mother Barbara, and grandfather Leslie Jones, 82, say teenager Benjamin Kelly should have been jailed for the rest of his life.

Kelly, 19, of Outhwaite Street, Middlesbrough, yesterday admitted killing the 31-year-old dad at Teesside Crown Court and was jailed for life with a recommendation he serve a minimum of eight years.

Mrs Dunne told the Gazette: "We are not happy at all with the sentence. When you take someone else's life, you should serve life in prison - not eight years.

"I'm disgusted Kelly was referred to in court as courageous.

"How can you be courageous when you stick a knife in someone's back, then run away?"

She added: "He not only took away Robert's life but he destroyed all our lives. It's like we are all serving a life sentence."

Mrs Dunne said Robert's friends and family were devastated by the sentence. She has vowed to fight to keep Kelly locked up for as long as possible.

Mrs Dunne said: "I have asked to be kept informed as to when Kelly is up for parole because I will fight against it.

"I can't bear the thought of him out walking around while my son is lying in his grave."

Robert, of Connaught Road, Middlesbrough, was left bleeding to death in the street after being stabbed by Kelly outside West Lane post office on January 11.

He was stabbed once with a 12-inch samurai sword, which punctured his lung and heart.

Mrs Dunne said she has been looking after Robert's 15-month-old-son Liam because his partner Julie was left distraught by the killing.

She said: "Robert has been robbed of the chance to get to know his son and his little boy has been robbed of the chance to have a father.

"Robert had a big heart and went out of his way to help people who needed it. He would stand up for people more vulnerable than himself but he wasn't a vigilante.

"He was a gentleman and a good man who wore his heart on his sleeve. He was a hard-worker and a loving dad and son."


Leslie Jones, Robert Dunne's grandad

Mr Dunne's grandfather Leslie Jones branded it "a vicious, cold-blooded murder".

The war veteran, of Acklam, said: "I think British justice is a laughing stock.

"Kelly took my grandson's life away.  I expected at least 15 years.

"Years ago he would have been hanged for it.

"People think they can get away with murder. Well, they are getting away with murder."

He added: "We are very bitter about the low sentence. I just feel it is unjustified.

"The judge seemed to side with Kelly. That's the impression he gave me."

Mr Jones said he would be writing to Middlesbrough MP Stuart Bell about the sentence.

He said: "These youths were causing a lot of trouble for people in the West Lane area.

"Robert was trying to help people. He was stabbed in the back. He didn't get a chance to defend himself."

 Robert meant everything to us. He was our first grandson.

"We will never get over it. It won't bring Robert back, no matter what the sentence is."

 
 

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A teenager who stabbed to death a clean-up campaigner with a samurai sword has been sentenced to life.

Robert Dunne, 31, was tackling two youths who were goading him in the street when he was stabbed in the back.

His attacker Jason Kelly, 19, of Outhwaite Street, Middlesbrough, pleaded guilty to murder.

He was sentenced to life with a recommendation that he serve a minimum eight years before being considered for parole.

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Call for new law on sale of dangerous weapons

by Katie Barlow

THE mother of a man who was stabbed to death with a samurai sword is calling for a law to regulate the sale of dangerous weapons.

Barbara Dunne believes there should be some sort of licence controlling the sale of knives and other sharp objects.

Her son Robert was murdered, only yards from his home, in the West Lane area of Middlesbrough in January this year after he was stabbed with a samurai sword.

On Tuesday at Teesside Crown Court his killer Jason Kelly admitted murdering the father-of-one and was sentenced to life imprisonment.

Mrs Dunne said: "These type of swords are meant to be ornamental yet they have been proved to have a razor edge blade. How can people get away with selling them?

"I think there should be a law on selling weapons like that, with perhaps some sort of licence."

The murder stunned the close-knit community of West Lane and even now six months later flowers are still being left outside the post office where the incident took place.

Mrs Dunne said she was upset and angry when she heard the way Robert, 31, was described in court.

She said: "To listen to them you would think he was trouble, but he wasn't. He was just a typical lad who stuck up for his family.

"He was not perfect but nobody is. I brought him up to respect people and to know the difference between right and wrong.

"We have been left without a huge part of our lives, and while his killer is able to still walk about and breathe all we have left of Robert is memories and a slab of marble.

"We have lost a ray of sunshine whilst Liam has lost his dad and will eventually have to be told the truth about what happened. How do you explain that to a child?

"Robert's death has left a lot of people heartbroken, not just us his family but all his friends and acquaintances and I think something should be done in the future to prevent another tragedy happening like this."

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Jul 25 2003

Joanne Emmerson, Evening Gazette

 

Samurai swords were confiscated at Teesside airport days before a Middlesbrough man was murdered with a similar weapon.

The set of potentially lethal weapons were seized in January by customs officials as part of routine checks.

Just days later scaffolder Robert Dunne, 31, of Connaught Road, Middlesbrough, was killed with an ornamental samurai sword.

Teenager Jason Kelly, of Outhwaite Street, West Lane, Middlesbrough, pleaded guilty to the murder at Teesside Crown Court earlier this month.

A spokesman for HM Customs at Teesside said: "Samurai swords were confiscated just a week before a samurai sword murder on Teesside this year.

"It is not unusual to find potentially lethal weapons among people's luggage.

"Offensive weapons are the most common items that we confiscate from people coming through Teesside airport and port.

"As well as the swords we have in the past seized maces and death stars often brought in from South-east Asia.

"When we seize weapons they are either destroyed or kept by customs to educate the public about the dangers."

News of the discoveries comes as HM Customs launched a campaign warning travellers to take care that items they buy abroad are legal in the UK.

As well as weapons, officers have confiscated many other illegal items.

Some, such as snakeskin belts and bags, fake watches and counterfeit bags and football shirts are often bought innocently, but are illegal in Britain.

Customs Minister John Healy said money from the sale of such goods is often used to fund criminal enterprises, while some items are dangerous or harmful to the environment.

One of the strangest finds in the last year was at Manchester Airport, popular with North-east jet-setters.

A 17-year-old girl waiting to collect her luggage was spotted "wearing" a rare chameleon. The teenager had just arrived from Dubai when what looked like a lizard, which had been bought as a pet in Saudi Arabia, was spotted resting on her head.

Mr Healy warned: "We want to ensure holiday-makers do not waste their money."

* For more information about what you can and cannot bring into the UK visit the HM Customs website at www.hmce.gov.uk or call the National Advice Service on 0845 010 9000.

 
 

 

 

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Banned! Swords no longer on sale

Sep 11 2003

Matthew Pardo, Evening Gazette

 

Razor-sharp knives and samurai swords, like the one used to kill a Middlesbrough dad, will no longer be sold on Stockton market.

Councillors on Stockton Council's Markets Forum yesterday approved a change to regulations banning killer blades from sale on market stalls.

Barbara Dunne, whose son Robert was stabbed to death in West Lane by a samurai sword-wielding teenager, was at the meeting where the sale was outlawed and today welcomed the move.

Stockton High Street market trader Heshem Hagje was selling swords, knives and nunchakus on his stall, the Gazette revealed last month.

Although trading standards officers and police stressed that Mr Hagje was selling his goods legally, he was asked by the council not to return with his current stock after the Gazette raised the matter with the authority.

Sale of the weapons has prompted debate on Teesside since the murder of Mr Dunne.

In January, the 31-year-old dad died in West Lane after Jason Kelly stabbed him in the back with an ornamental 12-inch Samurai sword.

At the end of the trial, and after he jailed Kelly for life, Recorder of Middlesbrough, Judge Peter Fox, said he could see no justification for why the 'highly dangerous and lethal' swords were so easy to buy.

In May, a man was treated in hospital after his buttocks were 'sliced to the bone' by a Samurai sword during a fight just yards from Stockton's market square.

Yesterday councillors rubber-stamped plans to ban killer blades from being sold at their markets.

Councillors at the meeting urged the officer phrasing a new market regulation to ban the sale of razor sharp blades and to include replica guns in his definition.

But they said kitchen knives and DIY equipment should be exempt.

David Johnson, land and property manager for the council, said market chiefs in South Shields had asked about Stockton's proposed ban.

Mr Johnson told the meeting that if councillors said Mr Hagje could not return with knives and swords they would also ban the sale of those items.

"We are happy with that, we just hope it means things are going in the right direction," said Barbara Dunne.

"When Robert was killed it was national news. Now councils are banning selling these swords on markets that should be national news too.

"Some people say they are ornamental. But if they are sharp enough to kill then they are more than ornamental.

"Hopefully the Government will see that lots of different areas are taking action on this and see what they can do to stop the sale of these things in any capacity."

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Welcome ban for swords: The decision to ban the sale of Samurai swords from Stockton's High Street market makes good sense.

No change in rules is ever taken lightly by those entrusted with setting the standards for such an historic street market with a tradition of trading that spans the centuries. So a decision to stop sales of razor-sharp knives and Samurai swords here sends out a message that should be considered by anyone who casually condones such sales.

Recent high-level publicity has been given to violent killings and savage attacks inflicted on people in Teesside by these 'decorative' weapons. Such tragic incidents not only highlight the lethal potential of swords but add irresistible evidence to the case for their sale to be banned.

Barbara Dunne, whose son Robert was stabbed to death by a Samurai sword-wielding teenager, bravely turned up at the Markets Forum. Her very presence emphasised just how emotive an issue this is on Teesside.

We join Mrs Dunne in welcoming the ban.



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A NORTH-EAST market has banned the sale of samurai swords after a father was stabbed to death.

Barbara Dunne's 31-year-old son Robert died after teenager Jason Kelly stabbed him in the back in January in the West Lane area of Middlesbrough.

Now Stockton Market has banned all sales of the swords, in a move welcomed by Mrs Dunne.

She said: "Hopefully the Government will see that lots of different areas are starting to take action and will see what they can do to stop the sale of these things in any capacity.

"I would like to see councils all over the country following suit."

Councillors on Stockton Council's Market Forum approved a change to regulations banning blades from sale on market stalls.

Trader Heshem Hagje was selling swords, knives and nunchakus on his stall in Stockton until last month. Although trading standards officers said Mr Hagje was selling the products legally, he was asked not to return with his stock after authorities were informed.

After the murder, Kelly, 19, was jailed for life and Recorder of Middlesbrough Judge Peter Fox asked why such highly dangerous swords were so easy to buy.

In May a man was treated in hospital after his buttocks were sliced to the bone by a samurai sword during a fight yards away from Stockton's market square.

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OFFENDERS handed unduly lenient sentences for racially or religiously motivated crimes face being given stiffer punishment.

Under new powers announced yesterday Attorney General Lord Goldsmith will be able to order case reviews.

He said: This move sends a clear message to perpetrators that they will not get away with threatening, violent or abusive behaviour.

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Sword ban fight will go on

Jan 12 2004

Mike Underwood, Evening Gazette

 

The heartbroken mum of murdered dad Robert Dunne today marked the anniversary of his death by vowing to continue her fight to have Samurai swords banned.

A year after his murder, Barbara Dunne, of Middlesbrough, re-visited the spot where her 31-year-old son was killed.

Mr Dunne, of Connaught Road, Middlesbrough, was left bleeding to death in the street after being stabbed in the back by Middlesbrough teenager Benjamin Kelly with a 12-inch Samurai sword outside West Lane post office on January 11, 2003.

Friends also paid tribute to Mr Dunne over the weekend by visiting his favourite places and drinking his favourite tipple, Jack Daniels.

Mrs Dunne, now the full-time carer of Robert's two-year-old son Liam, said: "Over the last couple of days, I have been remembering a lot.

"On Saturday, I went down to the exact spot near the post office at the exact time Robert died a year ago.

"There were a few people there and someone had placed flowers.

"It was an overwhelming feeling at that spot. I felt that if I had been there at that time last year, I could have stopped it happening."

She added: "I want to emphasise that I still want these weapons banned more than ever.

"We protest about the sale of dangerous weapons and ask the government to ban them from sale and we protest over the violence and anti-social behaviour on our streets. Let's get them cleaned up."

Mrs Dunne has been calling for a blanket government ban on the type of weapons used to claim her son's life.

She has raised her concerns at the highest level with Home Secretary David Blunkett, the Attorney General and Middlesbrough MP Stuart Bell.

Council chiefs in Middlesbrough and Stockton backed Mrs Dunne's calls by banning the sale of similar items on market stalls.

Mrs Dunne added: "I feel terrible at the moment. The anger is still there but it is a different sort of anger.

"Throughout the year, I thought I was picking up but I started to feel it again nearer Christmas. The grief is still strong.

"This last year has been the longest of my life but it feels like it only happened yesterday.

"It was only Friday a year ago that Robert was stood in my kitchen."

Mr Dunne was stabbed once with the 12-inch blade, which punctured his lung and heart.

Kelly, 19, was jailed for life at Teesside Crown Court in July after pleading guilty to murder, having originally denied the charge.

The court heard how Mr Dunne, seen by some as a "local hero" for standing up to young thugs, had taken the law into his own hands by dealing with those he perceived as troublemakers.

Barristers told how there had been an altercation between Mr Dunne and a group of youths, including Kelly.

They said Kelly went home and collected the sword, the smallest of a set of three 'ornamental' swords with a 12-inch blade, before returning to West Lane where he stabbed the father-of-one in the back.

Mrs Dunne, a nurse and counsellor, has set up a website for her son's friends to remember him and pay tribute at    http://members.tripod.com/inspire46_uk2000/inspire/

 
 

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DUNNE Bob To a great character who will be sadly missed. Coo, Woody, Smithy, Sher, Butch, Gav, Shane, Gall and Danny.
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DUNNE Rob Sadly missed, never forgotten. God bless. Ged, Sig, Kopa, Joel, Collo.
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DUNNE Robert (Rob) Karl, Colmer, Sayer, Tinney and Lud.
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DUNNE Robert Never had chance to say goodbye. Always remember you in our hearts and minds. Chris Wilson and Tosh.
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DUNNE Robert A very special friend. Thanks for the memories Bob, we'll treasure them always. Love, Justin, Andrea and Charlie.
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DUNNE Robert A party will never be the same. Always remembered, R.I.P. Dean, Anna and Ashley.
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DUNNE Robert R.I.P. Bob, Lee, Fran and Jay.
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DUNNE Robert (Bob) May you walk in God's garden and His love around you flow, For what it meant to lose you no-one will know. Love, peace and respect, Jasper and girls xxxxx
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DUNNE Robert (Dunny) A friend who will be sadly missed. Always in our thoughts. Love Mark and Sarah.
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DUNNE Robert (Dunny) Will save the laughs until we meet again. Sadly missed, Paul, Ian and families.
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DUNNE Robert (Dunny) Goodnight to a good man from your friends at The Speedway Pool Team.
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DUNNE Robert Remember the limosine and the champagne Bob. Whenever I go to the races you will always be with me. You have left us all with some wonderful memories mate. Peter Wales and family.
First appeared on 03 Feb 2003
DUNNE Bob A very dear friend. Will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him. Dod, Michelle and Becky.
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DUNNE Robert (Dunny) A good mate and a great lad, will be sadly missed, Ged, Marty, Neil, Yuilly and all your mates up at The Bruntons.
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DUNNE Robert A very much respected and well liked man. Sadly missed, Lee, Lisa and girls.
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DUNNE Robert A good mate sadly missed, Paul, Bernice and family.
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DUNNE Robert Will be sadly missed. From Tony Seaman and Tony and Paul Mier.
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DUNNE Robert Deepest sympathy to Roberts family. R.I.P mate, Barry Catchpole, Micky Robbo and Wally.
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DUNNE Robert The times we shared together will always have a special place in my heart. R.I.P. Bob. Love, Catchy, Jue and kids
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DUNNE Robert (Dunny) Sadly missed but never forgotten from Fetha and Debra.
First appeared on 01 Feb 2003



Deaths

DUNNE Robert You were the life and soul of any party and put a smile on everyone's face, You were a proud man who wore his heart on his sleeve, You were loved and respected by everyone who had the pleasure of meeting you, It's been an honour to have been your friend, I could not have wished for a better one, We're all going to miss you, goodnight and God bless. Love, Gary Wilson and family. x
First appeared on 01 Feb 2003
DUNNE Bob (BTD) A good mate who'll be sadly missed. Love, Tony, Mel and boys.
First appeared on 31 Jan 2003
DUNNE Bob Happy memories of our dear friend Dunny, who will be sadly missed by Degga, Ali and Louis. Deepest sympathy to his family.
First appeared on 31 Jan 2003
DUNNE Robert Always the life and soul of the party. Will be sadly missed. R.I.P. Mark, Leeann and Lewis.
First appeared on 31 Jan 2003
DUNNE Robert (Rob) Fond memories of a special person. Love Ni, Julie and family.
First appeared on 31 Jan 2003
DUNNE Robert To a great mate and workmate. Sadly missed. Craig Eaton and family.
First appeared on 31 Jan 2003
DUNNE Robert Many happy times together and the memories will last forever. Rest in peace Bob. Love, Anth, Shell, Callum, Mark and Nicky.
First appeared on 31 Jan 2003
DUNNE Robert Les Dicko and Michelle.
First appeared on 31 Jan 2003
DUNNE Robert No farewells were spoken, No time to say goodbye, You were gone before we knew And only God knows why. Pecker, Daisy, Ant and all the lads from the Grenny.
First appeared on 31 Jan 2003
DUNNE Robert Thinking of Julie and family at this sad time. From Sharon, Dad and Lee.
First appeared on 31 Jan 2003

Deaths

DUNNE Robert To a lovely lad, taken from us so cruelly. God bless. From the Wood family - Kevin, Pat, Janette, Tricia, Duncan, John, Julie and Carl.
First appeared on 31 Jan 2003
DUNNE Robert We all enjoyed working with you. You will be deeply missed. The Palmers Lads on Dupont.
First appeared on 31 Jan 2003
DUNNE Robert (Bob) You went away so suddenly, We did not say goodbye, But friends can never be parted, Precious memories never die. God bless, Love you loads. Kanter and Donna xxx
First appeared on 31 Jan 2003
DUNNE Robert I'll miss you mate. God bless, R.I.P. From Chris, the Tiler.
First appeared on 31 Jan 2003
DUNNE Robert (Dunny) Tragic loss of a friend. From Kevin and Christine Bowcock. God bless you.
First appeared on 31 Jan 2003
DUNNE Robert A funny, witty, caring man. You always had time for everyone. We will always remember you with kindest thoughts. John, Pat and John.
First appeared on 31 Jan 2003
DUNNE Robert (Bob) Things will never be the same Bob. Your heartbroken mate, Andy Wilson.
First appeared on 31 Jan 2003
DUNNE Robert Gone but not forgotten, will be sadly missed, Keith.
First appeared on 31 Jan 2003
DUNNE Robert May the winds of love blow softly And whisper for you to hear That we will always love and miss you And wish that you were here. Sadly missed by staff and friends at The Speedway Bar.
First appeared on 31 Jan 2003
DUNNE Robert Bob, a true friend. Sorely missed, Andrew.
First appeared on 31 Jan 2003


Deaths

DUNNE Robert Will always be remembered by Bo, Jeff and family. R.I.P.
First appeared on 31 Jan 2003
DUNNE Robert Love, Richo, Ellen and Lee xxx.
First appeared on 31 Jan 2003
DUNNE Robert (Dunny) Loads of respect. Dazza and Clayton.
First appeared on 31 Jan 2003
DUNNE Robert (Bob) Memories are like keepsakes. Miss you, Mark, June, Neil, Paige and Kimberley xx
First appeared on 31 Jan 2003
DUNNE Robert Love Shona, Emma, Billy, Charlie, Dotchy and Tony.
First appeared on 31 Jan 2003
DUNNE Robert Leslie (Dunny) Tragically on January 11, Robert aged 31 years, beloved son of Thomas and Barbara, much loved partner of Julie, devoted dad of Liam, Kayleigh and Nathan. Special brother of Graham and Lisa. Wonderful grandson of Les and Joan, loved nephew of Julie and David and also a very close cousin of Wendy. We never said goodbye to you, But that was just as well, We never could have said goodbye To one we loved so well. Service to take place on Thursday, February 6 in St. Barnabas Church, Linthorpe at 10a.m. followed by burial within Acklam Cemetery at 11a.m. Would friends please meet at church. Floral tributes if desired to the Co-operative Funeral Service, Memorial House, 398 Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough. Tel. 01642 828301.
First appeared on 31 Jan 2003
DUNNE Robert Deepest sympathy to all the family. Happy memories will last forever. Love Eddie, Rosalind, Paul, Andrew and Lisa. xxx.
First appeared on 31 Jan 2003
DUNNE Robert You made me laugh, Now this makes me cry, We should never have had to say goodbye. Love always, Mikey and family.
First appeared on 31 Jan 2003
DUNNE Robert "Bob the dog" I cannot bring the good times back, Your funny stories I cannot hear, But only treasure, They'll stay with me forever. Love, Blue. x.
First appeared on 31 Jan 2003
DUNNE Robert The blow was hard, the shock severe, To part with one I loved so dear. My loss is great, I'll not complain, But trust in God to meet again. Rest in peace. Mike Dixon.
First appeared on 31 Jan 2003


Deaths

DUNNE Robert (BTD) Words will never explain how much you will be missed, never forgotten, Neil and Biddy.
First appeared on 31 Jan 2003
DUNNE Robert Love Minnie and Brano.
First appeared on 31 Jan 2003
DUNNE Robert Bob, always in my thoughts. Easily the funniest man I know. Miss you "Se ya ater". Tooley, Vicky and Marc.
First appeared on 31 Jan 2003
DUNNE Robert Deepest sympathy to all the family. Mac and Tina.
First appeared on 31 Jan 2003
DUNNE Robert (Bob) A good friend and work mate who will be sadly missed. From Alan McGough and family.
First appeared on 31 Jan 2003
DUNNE Robert Sadly missed, never forgotten. Remembering the good times always. Carl, Katherine, George, Tony and Peter.
First appeared on 31 Jan 2003
DUNNE Robert We will never forget you Dunnie. Good-night, love, Gilly, Vicky and kids.
First appeared on 31 Jan 2003
DUNNE Robert "In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends." Mac.
First appeared on 31 Jan 2003
DUNNE Robert (Dunny) God only takes the best. Good-night, God bless. R.I.P. Wayne, Lisa and family.
First appeared on 31 Jan 2003
DUNNE Robert A good friend, always in our thoughts. Speedway won't be the same without ya!! God bless, R.I.P. Stewy Alder, Mandy and the boys.
First appeared on 31 Jan 2003



Deaths

DUNNE Robert With deepest sympathy to all your family. From Mick and Pat.
First appeared on 31 Jan 2003
DUNNE Robert (Dunny) A gentleman and a good friend whose humour and wit will be missed by everyone. Rest in peace Bob. Love, Brano and Anita.
First appeared on 31 Jan 2003
DUNNE Robert Tragically on December 11, 2003. Funeral arrangements later.
First appeared on 14 Jan 2003



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