A MAN has been charged with attempted murder and other offences after an attack at Sainsbury's Blackpole.

Philip Mapp, 44 and of Windermere Drive, Warndon, has been charged with attempted murder, possession of an offensive weapon, affray and possession of cannabis.

Mapp, from Worcester, is due to appear at Kidderminster Magistrates’ Court this morning (Friday, May 19).

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There is said to be no link or history between the suspect and the victim.

It follows a series of incidents in Blackpole which started at The Blackpole Inn, Blackpole Road, where a customer had been threatened with a bladed weapon, but not injured.

Police then received further calls from the nearby Sainsbury’s Garage in Windermere Drive reporting a security guard had suffered an injury.

Armed officers swarmed the car park and detained a man nearby on suspicion of attempted murder.

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The injured security guard was taken to Worcestershire Royal Hospital following the incident on Wednesday (May 17).

A West Mercia Police spokesperson said: "Philip Mapp, from Worcester, was charged with attempted murder, possession of an offensive weapon, affray and possession of cannabis and will appear before Kidderminster magistrates this morning.

"Officers will still be in the area to offer reassurance."

"[The security guard] hasn’t suffered physical life-changing injuries but will clearly suffer from the psychological impact of such an attack."