Tributes to 'lovely' travel agent, 28, killed in 'knife attack' at TUI shop

Cassie Hayes, 28, died from her injuries following the attack

Tributes have been paid to the woman who was killed in a horrific knife attack while she worked at a busy travel agents.

Cassie Hayes was described as a ‘lovely person’ by her former colleagues at TUI, the holiday firm whose branch in Southport, Merseyside, the 28-year-old was attacked in on Saturday.

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Police were called to the town centre store in Chapel Street at 1.25pm and shortly after witnesses reported seeing a woman being stretchered on to a waiting ambulance.

Ms Hayes, who lived in the Southport area, later died in hospital from her injuries.

One former colleague wrote on Facebook: ‘Such sad news about Cassie, worked with her a few times when I was working for Tui and she was such a lovely person.

‘Thoughts are with all my friends at Tui, Tui Southport and her family and friends. RIP Cassie xxx’

Tributes to 'lovely' travel agent, 28, killed in 'knife attack' at TUI shop

Colleagues described their shock and said she was a ‘lovely person’

Another said: ‘So shocked to here the sad news about Cassie. Iv not worked for Tui for a while but the time I did and worked with Cassie she was such a lovely girl.

‘RIP Cassie. Thinking of all the Southport girls and Cassie’s family.’

A 30-year-old man, from the St Helens area, is being questioned in custody on suspicion of murder over Ms Hayes’ death.

The incident is believed to be domestic-related, said Merseyside Police.

Stunned shoppers had looked on as emergency services, including two air ambulances, rushed to the travel agents in a bid to save Ms Hayes.

Police later cordoned off the Tui branch and surrounding shops as forensic investigators examined the crime scene.

The force confirmed a murder investigation has been launched.

Tributes to 'lovely' travel agent, 28, killed in 'knife attack' at TUI shop

Police outside the travel agents in Southport, Merseyside (Picture: PA)

A Tui spokeswoman 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.’

Detectives are appealing for anyone with information to contact Merseyside Police on 101 quoting log 470 of 13th January or the Crimestoppers line anonymously on 0800 555 111.