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A murder probe has been launched after a woman was killed at a high street travel agents in front of horrified shoppers, with witnesses claiming the victim’s throat had been slit. 

The 28-year-old victim, understood to have worked at the TUI branch on Chapel Street, Southport, was seen being carried out of the premises covered in blood today.

A 30-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the horrific incident that took place around 1.30pm. 

One eyewitness told Mirror Online: 'I was walking past when they were rushing to get the woman into the ambulance.

'There was a lady from the travel agent shaking outside the shop, and lots of police around who had just arrived.'  

Police and forensic officers remain at the scene in Southport where horrified shoppers witnessed the travel agent being carried out covered in blood

Police and forensic officers remain at the scene in Southport where horrified shoppers witnessed the travel agent being carried out covered in blood

Forensic officers were tonight pictured inside the Southport travel agents where a worker was allegedly murdered today 

Forensic officers were tonight pictured inside the Southport travel agents where a worker was allegedly murdered today 

Witnesses claimed the victim, a 28-year-old woman, had her throat slit and a 30-year-old man from Southport has been arrested on suspicion of murder

Witnesses claimed the victim, a 28-year-old woman, had her throat slit and a 30-year-old man from Southport has been arrested on suspicion of murder

Delivery driver Rich Lawson, 27, was dropping off a package at the nearby Vision Express shop when he said he was ushered in and locked inside by staff.

Mr Lawson said: 'When I got there they had locked all the doors. They let me in and locked it behind me and would not let me out.

'I saw them bring a girl out on a stretcher and putting her into an ambulance.

'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.'

'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.

'I was in there for about 10 minutes and when I went back to my van and drove past the police riot van was up against the door and it looked like they were bringing a man out of the shop.' 

A spokeswoman for Merseyside Police said: '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.

Police remain at the scene in Southport after a woman's throat was reportedly slit at the travel agents 

Police remain at the scene in Southport after a woman's throat was reportedly slit at the travel agents 

A cordon has been erected at the scene of a major incident, where a man was detained and a woman's throat was reportedly slit 

A cordon has been erected at the scene of a major incident, where a man was detained and a woman's throat was reportedly slit 

Ten police vehicles were deployed to the major incident at a travel agent in Merseyside

Ten police vehicles were deployed to the major incident at a travel agent in Merseyside

Two air ambulances were seen landing nearby but the woman died after being taken to hospital 

Two air ambulances were seen landing nearby but the woman died after being taken to hospital 

'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.' 

A large police cordon remains in place and two air ambulances landed nearby. 

Photos taken at the scene show a police cordon covering a large section of Chapel Street, around TUI travel agents.

Two air ambulances have landed by Southport's Marine Lake, a short distance from the incident.

Police presence seems to be focused near to Southport train station.

Witness Luke Chandley said on Twitter: 'Mad stuff going down in Southport. About 10 police vehicles, one van backed in to Thompson's. An ambulance too. What a mad day.

Huge crowds can be seen gathering around the cordon, which police have set up on one of the busiest shopping streets in the town centre.

A spokeswoman from North West Ambulance Service confirmed they were called to Chapel Street at 1.27pm.

She said: 'We got quite a lot of different resources there, we've got air ambulances and ambulances and a couple of our advanced paramedics.'

The victim was taken to Southport Hospital.

A male was detained at the scene, where 10 police vehicles were reportedly sent to deal with the attack

A male was detained at the scene, where 10 police vehicles were reportedly sent to deal with the attack

The area has been sealed off as police continue to deal with the incident as it unfolds in Merseyside 

The area has been sealed off as police continue to deal with the incident as it unfolds in Merseyside 

The air ambulance landed in a park near Chapel Street as police reported a male had been detained and a woman sent to hospital

The air ambulance landed in a park near Chapel Street as police reported a male had been detained and a woman sent to hospital