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14/01/2018 16:19 GMT | Updated 15/01/2018 04:50 GMT

Man Charged With Murder Of TUI Travel Agent Cassie Hayes Attacked At Work

Andrew Burke, 30, is suspected of Southport killing.

A man has been charged with the murder of travel agent Cassie Hayes who was attacked at her workplace.

Andrew Burke, 30, of Vincent Street, St Helens, will appear from custody at South Sefton Magistrates’ Court in Bootle on Monday.

Ms Hayes, 28, was attacked at the TUI store in Chapel Street, Southport, where she was assistant manager, on Saturday afternoon.

The 28-year-old was taken to hospital where she subsequently died from a wound to her throat.

A fundraiser for her family has raised thousands of pounds.

GoFundMe

At the time of writing, a fundraising appeal on website GoFundMe has already raised more than £4,000, set up by Travel Gossip, an online community of travel professionals.

A post-mortem examination showed the cause of death was shock and haemorrhaging as a result of the wound.

 

In a statement issued via Merseyside Police, her partner, Laura Williams, 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.”

 

The family of Ms Hayes added: “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.

“She doted on all her family and our loss is beyond calculation.”

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Cassie Hayes was attacked in her workplace on Saturday afternoon

Colleagues and friends of Ms Hayes, from Southport, were among those who brought floral tributes to the crime scene in Chapel Street on Sunday.

Ex-colleague Gordon Campbell, 44, from Preston, said he would always remember the sound of laughter when they worked together.

He said: “We used to do a late shift and it was often just me and Cassie, and she would have me in tears.

“The things she would come out I probably couldn’t repeat them to be honest but she was just so mischievous all the time.

“But happy, full of love and she had an absolute heart of gold. She will be most definitely missed by everybody that knew her.

“She had quite a lot that had gone on but she never took a smile off her face … she was a little slip of a girl and to think what happened to her is tragic.”

Her ex-partner was among many paying tribute online to Ms Hayes who was originally from the market town of Alnwick, Northumberland, where her mother and sister live.

Leah Mcdonald, from Southport, wrote on Facebook: “What can I say.

“This girl was and has been my absolute world from the first moment we met on the 4th July 2007 till this very day.

“We had are fall outs, our ups and downs but I can tell you now despite all that we absolutely loved each other and out of all the people in the world I could not of picked a better mammy for our child.

“She’s just a gem, my best mate, Even when we split she was there for me … this girl has been my rock and the most amazing mammy.”

In a later post about their daughter, Ruby, she said: “As if my heart couldn’t break anymore having to watch my little girl break down crying as I tell her that mammy has gone with her nana to the angels telling her she’s never going to see her again … ruby asking why did she go without her?? ”

Merseyside Police said they believed that the incident was domestic-related.

Detectives are appealing for anyone with information to contact Merseyside Police on 0151 777 3094 or the Crimestoppers line anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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