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Police have started a murder investigation after a woman reportedly had her throat slit inside a travel agency in Southport, UK.
One witness has told the Mirror of their horror at seeing the TUI travel agent being murdered - which is being described as a domestic violence related attack.
"She was covered up but I could see blood on her face. There was a lot of blood and she looked like she was unconscious. They rushed her into the ambulance," the witness said.
"I overheard a lady wearing a TUI uniform on the phone. She was shaking and said her throat was slit but whether that's true I don't know."
A statement from Merseyside Police says: "Merseyside Police can confirm a murder investigation has been launched following an incident in Southport today, Saturday 13th January.
"Officers were contacted at 1.25pm following reports that a 28-year-old woman had been injured at the TUI travel agents on Chapel Street. The woman was taken to hospital where she subsequently died from her injuries.
"The woman's next of kin have been informed.
"A 30-year-old man from the Southport area has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is currently being held in custody.
"It is believed that the incident was domestic-related."
Latest on #Southport incident. A murder investigation has now been launched. Full statement here: pic.twitter.com/UTdNaaaMG6
- BBC Merseyside (@bbcmerseyside) January 13, 2018
The area has been cordoned off by blue and white police tape while officers inspect the scene for evidence. Luke Chandley wrote on Twitter just how big the emergency service presence was: "Mad stuff going down in Southport. About 10 police vehicles, one van backed in to Thompson's. An ambulance too. What a mad day."
A North West Ambulance Service spokesperson told the Daily Mail: "We got quite a lot of different resources there, we've got air ambulances and ambulances and a couple of our advanced paramedics."
Other witnesses have described how they were ushered into nearby shops when the attack broke out. Rich told the Mirror that he was pulled into a store and staff locked him and other shoppers inside to stay safe.
Another added that other TUI staff looked shocked and were shaking outside the store.
A spokesperson for the travel agency has told the Liverpool Echo: "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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