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January 16, 2018 Headline News No Comments Email Email

A man walked into a high street travel agency and killed a popular young consultant at work by slitting her throat in front of horrified customers, shocked clients of the agency have learned.


The gruesome crime happened in Southport, which is 27 kilometres north of the English city of Liverpool.

The event has been widely covered by British media, which said the prime suspect had been identified locally as a former partner of the victim’s girlfriend.

The victim, Cassie Hayes, 28, was reported to be in a same-sex relationship with a woman who had also been in a relationship with the male suspect.

Victim Cassie Hayes (Photo, Merseyside Police)

The Liverpool Echo ran a story yesterday headlined: “Partner of travel agent Cassie Hayes pays tribute to her ‘future wife’”

The story quoted Hayes’ partner speaking of her heartbreak “after 28-year-old mum Cassie Hayes died following the attack at the Tui travel agents on Saturday”.

Hayes’ partner said: “Cassie is my partner and words will not explain my sorrow and loss, she is the most amazing, gorgeous, selfless and strong person I know.

“She is my future wife and my forever.”

Hayes’ family released a statement saying: “Our whole lives have been shattered. This has torn our hearts from our bodies. Cassie was an amazing, kind human being who would do anything for anyone.”

Hundreds of flowers have been left at the scene and a huge outpouring of grief is taking place on social media.

Police and crowds outside the Tui travel agency

A spokesperson for the giant Tui travel agency chain issued the following statement: “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.”

London’s Times newspaper has reported that Hayes was in a relationship with the ex-fiancée of a man named Andrew Burke, who has been charged with Hayes’ murder.

Written by Peter Needham

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