Southport travel agents 'murder' victim named as Cassie Hayes, 28

Southport travel agents 'murder' victim named as Cassie Hayes, 28

Police have named a woman fatally attacked at a travel agents.

Cassie Hayes, 28, was targeted on Saturday afternoon as she worked her shift at holiday firm Tui in Southport, Merseyside.

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.

Her next of kin were informed and she was formally identified.

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

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.

A police spokeswoman said: “We can confirm a murder investigation has been launched following an incident in Southport today.

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

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.”

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