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Last Updated: Sunday, 22 January 2006, 19:57 GMT
Father killed helping injured son
Lawrence Steel
Lawrence Steel's family paid tribute to a kind, well-liked man
A father has been stabbed to death after going to the aid of his injured son, police on Tyneside said.

Lawrence Steel, 44, was repeatedly stabbed as he headed back to a pub where he and his son Craig, 23, had earlier intervened in an argument.

The pair, from Wrekenton, had defused a row between a drinker and a barmaid at the Wrekendyke pub.

Mr Steel was later killed and Craig, who was also stabbed, was seriously injured. A man has been arrested.

It is believed the man involved in the argument with the barmaid turned on Craig after he left the pub, stabbing him four times.

We have been left in total agony
Steel family statement

Mr Steel returned to help his son after being phoned about the attack but was repeatedly stabbed en-route.

Acting Det Ch Insp Rob Coulson said: "Craig Steel has spoken to us and given a full account of the events of Friday evening.

"A number of customers in the pub and other witnesses have also provided more details about what went on and we thank them for their help in assisting us."

'Loving father'

In a statement Mr Steel's family said: "Lawrence was an extremely kind, well-liked and hard working man who has worked all his life to support his family.

"He was a man with a good sense of humour and was a loving father with a son and a teenage daughter as well as a long-term partner who was his childhood sweetheart.

"He worked as an HGV driver and in his spare time was an avid Newcastle United fan. He was well-respected and popular, with many friends.

"We have been left in total agony by this incident and would appeal for people to come forward with any information."

Police said a 22-year-old Newcastle man was arrested and is helping police with their inquiries.

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