Sword-wielding foundation employee shot dead

Graham Willgoss

A charity worker was shot dead by police last week when he approached officers while brandishing a sword.

Armed police fired at Simon Murden, 26, of Beverley, East Yorkshire, with plastic bullets, but he got up and continued to advance towards them.

He was then shot with real bullets and killed at the scene.

Murden worked for the And Albert Foundation, of which his father, David, is director.

He was driving a van the wrong way down the eastbound carriageway of the A63 near Hull early on 22 March. He stopped and attempted to hijack another vehicle while brandishing a sword before being confronted by Humberside police. The van, which has the organisation's name emblazoned on it, is believed to be from the And Albert Foundation's shop in Beverley.

Charity Commission spokeswoman Sarah James, said: "It is not appropriate for us to comment. It's a matter for the police. Were he a trustee we would perhaps have looked into it, but we do not plan to take any action."

The And Albert Foundation was still answering its phones last week but was not commenting to the press.

The charity works with companies relieving poverty and preserving the skills of indigenous communities around the world. Its shop in Beverley sells Fairtrade goods and has its own 'Trading Roots' labelled products.

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