FISHING TACKLE dealer Paul Abbott has been charged over the murder of his wife Jackie, after appearing in court.

The couple ran a fishing tackle shop called J&P Fishing Snooker Darts, in Brierley Hill, West Midlands, but tragedy struck when Jackie, 54, was found at her home with serious head injuries.

Jackie died soon afterwards, and Paul was charged at the scene with her murder.

Paul, 56, appeared at Dudley Magistrates Court and was remanded in custody until March 15 when he will appear at Wolverhampton Crown Court to enter a plea.

Tributes and GoFundMe page

Tributes to Jackie have poured in from customers of the shop and others in the trade, and owners of nearby RD Tackle have set up a fund-traising page – www.gofundme.com/jackieabbottfund – to help their two teenage sons, Martyn and Ryan.

Steve Whitehouse, co-owner of nearby RD Tackle, who had known the family for 20 years, said: “Over the last few months I became particularly close to them both as they helped us set up the shop and gave us advice.

“I’d spoken to Paul on the phone and he seemed fine. I couldn’t believe it when I heard and still can’t. Everyone is in shock, from tackle traders to friends.”

West Midlands Police have confirmed that they aren’t looking for any other suspects and have appealed for any potential witnesses who were near Lodge Crescent on Friday afternoon to contact them.

You can donate to the fund-raising at www.gofundme.com/jackieabbottfund

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