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Aldi supermarket attack: Man charged with murder after woman fatally stabbed in supermarket

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A man has been charged with murder after a woman was stabbed to death while working at a supermarket.

Police say the man 44 is accused of murdering Jodie Willsher who was a supermarket worker at Aldi in Skipton on Thursday afternoon.

Sadly the mother aged 30 suffered multiple serious injuries in an unprovoked attack, she has taken an ambulance to Airedale General Hospital for emergency treatment but medics were unable to save her.

Malcolm Willsher, Jodie’s husband has spoken of his heartbreak “She was lovely and warm and always had a smile on her face.

“She was amazing, beautiful and a lovely person. She was a doting mother and a loving wife.”

The man who has not been named will appear at York Magistrates’ Court on Saturday morning.

Staff and customers within the supermarket rushed to help Jodie, while others bravely fended off the attacker and pinned the killer to the ground in a “sustained struggle”.

The brave man in his 60s grabbed hold of the man and pinned him to the floor. Police really need him to come forward as he is a key witness.

The man, thought to be aged in his 60s, was wearing a flat cap and a lighter and darker two-tone walking-type jacket.

It is believed he was shopping with a lady with short, light brown hair who was wearing a light-coloured, possibly grey, jacket.

Matthew Barnes, chief executive of Aldi UK and Ireland, said: “Everyone at Aldi is heartbroken by this devastating news. Our deepest sympathy goes to Jodie’s family, friends and colleagues.

“We are doing everything we can to support our people and all those affected during this difficult time.”

Police say they are not treating the incident as terror-related or a hate crime.

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Trevor Sherwood
Trevor Sherwood
Trevor Sherwood is the editor and news reporter covering national and international news crime and policing news. Tweet your news and views to @TrevSherwoodPH

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