A woman who died after a fatal attack at a travel agents was an employee named Cassie Hayes, police have confirmed.
The 28-year-old was targeted as she worked her shift at the branch of Tui in Southport town centre on Saturday afternoon, with officers from Merseyside Police called to the scene in Chapel Street at 1.25pm.
Ms Hayes was taken to hospital, where she died from her injuries, with shocked shoppers having looked on as emergency services – including two air ambulances – rushed to try to save her.
Police cordoned off the travel agent and surrounding shops as forensic officers investigated, and a 30-year-old man from the St Helens area was arrested on suspicion of murder.
He remains in custody for questioning and officers believe the incident was domestic-related.
Ms Hayes was “well-known” to many people in the travel industry, according to a fundraising page set up in her memory by other travel agent workers. It has already raised almost £1,000.
The page says she was the assistant manager at her local Tui branch, and that she had a daughter.
“Our thoughts go out to everyone affected by this terrible incident, including all the TUI staff,” it concludes.
In a statement released on Saturday, 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.”
:: Anyone with information about the incident should contact Merseyside Police on 101 quoting log 470 of 13 January, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.