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Jodie Wilkinson stab death: Two more men arrested over Newcastle attack

Jodie Wilkinson Image copyright Northumbria Police
Image caption Jodie Wilkinson died in hospital

A woman who was stabbed in a Newcastle street and later died may have been attacked by up to 11 men, police said.

Jodie Wilkinson, 27, died in hospital after being stabbed in the city's Stanhope Street on Monday afternoon.

A 25-year-old man who was with her at the time was also injured and needed hospital treatment.

Three men were arrested on Monday at a house close to the scene of the attack. On Tuesday two other men, aged 18 and 20, were held.

Police believe a group of 10 or 11 men may have been involved in the attack on the pair.

Ms Wilkinson's sister, Amy, described her as "devoted and loving".

She said in a statement: "Jodie would do anything for anyone and we've got no idea why someone would take her life.

"All we ask at this stage is that anyone with any information, no matter how small, please comes forward and assists the police."

A police spokesman said the men arrested on Monday, one aged 22 and two aged 25, were still being questioned.

Image caption Floral tributes have been placed at the scene

He said: "Officers attended an address in Queens Court and three men were arrested [on Monday].

"Officers believe there could have been around 10 or 11 men in the group that were involved in the attack on the two victims.

"The weapon used during the offence has not been located and officers are carrying out inquiries to find it.

"We believe this has been an altercation between a group of people who may have been known to each other and not a random attack.

"The attack happened in Stanhope Street and we know it was fairly busy at the time.

"There will be lots of people who were there or who were passing through and who might have seen something. We really need these people, or anybody who thinks they can help us, to speak to us straight away."

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