A FUNDRAISING page to help the family of stabbing victim Robert Wilson has already more than doubled its target amount.

Mr Wilson, 53, of Birstall, was stabbed outside the Thornton & Ross factory in Linthwaite, Huddersfield, last Thursday.

Now a Go Fund Me page set up by Sharon Hine has raised £2,496, more than double its £1,000 target.

The page says Mr Wilson was described as a loving husband and father by his devastated wife Elaine and his two stepchildren Jack and Ella and also a much liked character by his work colleagues.


It adds: “Rob will be sadly missed by many. This page is set up entirely to help his bereaved family in this difficult time.”

A total of 137 people have made a donation so far, many posting poignant messages on the page.

Linda Senior said: “Never will forget that cheeky grin Rob Wilson! You’ll be so very missed...x You sure left your mark on so many people! We’ll all look out for Elaine..Jack and Ella.... xxxx God Bless xxx”

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Jay Walsh added: “I didn’t know you sir, but from what people say, you were a very loved and liked man. It’s not much, but what I could afford to put it. I have also shared this and hope that this at least helps your family in this tough time. Respectfully Jay”

And Kim Cartwright said: “Rob was a lovely man , only knew him a short time. taken far too soon from his loved ones and friends. RIP”

Rachel and Sam Bradshaw posted: "R.I.P Rob, great guy, glad I got to meet you ❤ sending love to your family, friends and all that have been affected by this mindless tragedy"

The page can be found at https://www.gofundme.com/f/in-memory-of-rob-wilson.

A 39-year-old man also suffered serious injuries in the incident in Linthwaite and was taken to hospital.

Following Mr Wilson's death, his family released a statement saying: "Robert was a loving and committed husband and father. As well as being loved and respected by work colleagues and friends.

"He leaves behind a devastated wife, Elaine, and two step children, Jack and Ella. The family would like to request privacy and respect during this difficult time."

A colleague described Mr Wilson as a 'brilliant supervisor' and said he had a smile for every one.

Two teenagers have appeared in court accused of Mr Wilson’s murder.

A provisional trial date has been set for Kiyran Earnshaw, aged 18, of Field Lane, Batley, and a 15-year-old boy, who cannot be named due to his age, on July 13.

A plea and trial preparation hearing has been listed for April.

Both defendants are charged with murder and possessing an offensive weapon.

Earnshaw is also charged with wounding with intent and possession of a bladed article in relation to a 39-year-old man who suffered injuries in the same incident.