Southport travel agent who died after horrific 'knife attack' named as tributes pour in

A travel agent killed in a terrifying daytime attack has been formally identified as Cassie Hayes.

Ms Hayes, 28, died in hospital after being rushed for emergency treatment following a shocking attack in Southport town centre.

A 30-year-old man from the St Helens area has been arrested on suspicion of her murder.

Ms Hayes, a travel agent at TUI, was attacked in front of customers at the firm’s Chapel Street branch.

Cassie Hayes has been named locally as tributes pour in from devastated friends and family

Tributes have been pouring in for Cassie Hayes

Her death prompted a host of tributes as devastated friends and family began to share pictures and memories of Ms Hayes online.

One friend described Ms Hayes as “such a lovely lady”, while another added: “So sorry to hear this news, such a lovely person and will be sadly missed xx.”

Following her death, a spokeswoman for TUI said: “We regret to confirm that a female member of staff at our Southport TUI retail store tragically died in an incident today.

“We send our deepest sympathies to the friends and family of the staff member involved. We’re doing everything possible to assist the local police with their investigation and support our customers and staff at this difficult time.”

A forensic officer at the scene in Southport

A forensic officer at the scene in Southport

Forensics officers enter the TUI travel agents in Southport this evening

Forensics officers enter the TUI travel agents in Southport this evening

Emergency services were called to the TUI branch at 1.25pm, initially to concerns for the safety of a woman.

Horrified onlookers had dialled 999 – sparking an armed police response and the scrambling of air ambulances as emergency services rushed to the scene.

On arrival, they found Ms Hayes, from the Southport area, and immediately attempted to treat her at the scene before making the decision to transfer her to Southport Hospital.

As paramedics fought to save her, police cordoned off the pedestrianised shopping street as crowds watched the dramatic scene unfold.

Merseyside Police outside the TUI travel agents in Southport where the incident happened

Merseyside Police outside the TUI travel agents in Southport where the incident happened

Police at the scene on Chapel Street, in Southport

Police at the scene on Chapel Street, in Southport

Ms Hayes was taken from the shop on a stretcher, as police – who retained a cordon outside the shop throughout the afternoon – began their investigation. It is believed she was attacked with a knife.

Detectives believe the incident was “domestic-related” and are appealing for anyone with details to contact Merseyside Police on 101 quoting log 470 of January 13 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

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