A tesco worker aged 59 has sadly died after two men aged 35 and 37 raided the store she was working in.
Police have arrested two men on suspicion of manslaughter.
Her death follows an attempted robbery at Tesco Express in Middlesbrough. The 59-year-old shop worker became ill after the alleged shoplifting attempt
The 59-year-old woman’s death is being treated as unexplained, with two men, aged 35 and 37, being questioned on suspicion of manslaughter.
The store in the centre of Middlesbrough town centre has been closed and a staff are being supported.
Two men are currently being held in police custody on suspicion of manslaughter and attempted theft from a shop after the incident at the Middlesbrough, Teesside Tesco.
Cleveland Police said today: “Detectives are continuing to look into whether the death could be linked to an earlier incident which occurred at Tesco at around 7.30pm on Monday, prior to the woman becoming ill.
“Our thoughts go out to the woman’s family and friends at this difficult time.”
A post mortem was carried out yesterday, but the cause of death has not been released.
Police have since appealed for any witnesses who may have been at the tore on Corporation Road at the time of the alleged theft to come forward.
A Tesco spokesperson said: “We are shocked and saddened to hear of this incident and our thoughts and deepest sympathies go out to our colleague’s family and friends at this difficult time.”
Anyone who may have any information regarding the incident at Tesco is asked to contact Cleveland Police on 101 quoting the event number 076000.