Mum ’attacked by knifeman in Tesco car park’ as her toddler slept in back seat

A MUM has told of the horrifying moment she was attacked by a knifeman as her daughter slept in the backseat of her car, and she was left covered in blood.

Charlene Gibbard was brutally attacked by a man in a Tesco carpark in Sheerness as she waited for her husband to finishing buying groceries for dinner.

 Charlene Gibbard was attacked by a man as she sat in her car

The 31-year-old was with her toddler, Eila, when the man burst into the car carrying a knife.

She told the Sheerness Times Guardian: "I had been sitting there for about five minutes when all of a sudden a total stranger opened the driver's door and climbed in with a knife.

"He said 'don't say nothing'. I could see the knife and thought he was going to use it on me."

The brave mum said she screamed and grabbed the knife to point it away from her, while trying to undo her seat belt.

 They were in a Tesco carpark waiting for Charlene's husband to pick up dinner

She managed to shove the man out of the car, jump out and grab her daughter, still screaming for help.

Charlene said she heard the knifeman drop the weapon, and saw people running to him.

They held the man until police arrived and arrested him.

Charlene added: "I didn't know it at the time but I had cut my fingers on the knife and blood was dripping everywhere.

"It was later when I realised that both Eila and I could have been stabbed that the shock really set in."

 Charlene and her young daughter, who was sleeping in the car when she was attacked
 The mum-of-three said the shock set in later that the attack could have been much worse
 She spoke out after the horrifying attack last week in Kent

The mum-of-three's hand was treated at the scene by medics for slash wounds – luckily she did not need hospital treatment.

Her mum, Sharon Hardman, posted a warning on Facebook asking her friends and family to "keep themselves safe" after the terrifying encounter.

It is thought Tesco staff members were key in helping to restrain the man on October 3.

Ashley Cobb, 20, from Warden, Kent, appeared at Medway Magistrates’ Court last Thursday charged with affray, possessing a knife, theft and criminal damage.

He did not enter a plea and was remanded in custody. He will appear at Maidstone Crown Court on Thursday, November 2.

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