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Man arrested on suspicion of murdering a young woman after stabbing at Fringe Benefits and La Bella Beauty salon in Southgate Street, Gloucester

By EchoLauraC  |  Posted: February 19, 2014

  • Forensic officers at Fringe Benefits in Gloucester


A MAN has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a 20-year-old woman was stabbed at a Gloucester hair and beauty salon last night.

A white tent was put up outside Fringe Benefits and La Bella Beauty salon in Southgate Street after a man stabbed the young woman before running off at 5.50pm.

Police today confirmed the victim was Hollie Gazzard.

She was rushed to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital following the stabbing, but died later on Tuesday night.

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Gloucestershire Police arrested a 22-year-old local man on suspicion of murder from an address in the city at 2.30am this morning.

He remains in police custody.

It is believed that the victim and the alleged attacker knew each other.

The area is still cordoned off this morning. Police are present and a white tent has been put up outside the hairdressers so forensic investigations can continue.

Neighbours reportedly heard shouting just before the stabbing before they saw four police cars and an ambulance arrive.

Care worker Alec Rosam, 30, who lives just across the road from the salon said: "I heard some screaming and shouting coming from the direction of the hairdressers about 5pm.

"I didn't think much about it at the time because there is a B&B hotel opposite me where there is often trouble.

"But when I came out of my flat later there were four police cars and an ambulance outside the hairdressers.

"I was shocked when I heard someone had been stabbed in there. I have lived here since 2008 and I have never seen anything like this happen here before. It is scary and quite shocking for this to happen on my own doorstep."

Shai-Ann Sewell, 19, an animal behaviour and welfare student at Hartpury College said she was asleep in her flat above the hairdressers at the time of the attack.

"I didn't know anything about it until someone came up and said someone had been killed and the police wanted to talk to me.

"I hadn't seen or heard anything at all - I don't know how I managed to sleep through it all."

She said Hartpury College owns a number of student flats above the hairdressers and the neighbouring Scoot 69 shop and the Topoly's Italian restaurant.

Craig Bell, 24, who lives in the city centre, said: "I'm shocked it's happened, especially at a time when there would have been loads of people around.

"I just feel for the poor girl and her family."

One woman, who lives in the city centre and asked not to be named, said: "It's just awful, awful

"To think it can happen in the centre at a busy time makes you feel unsafe. The poor girl, I'm so sad for her and her family."

Delroy Ellis, founder of Increase the Peace youth project, said: "Just heard on the news about the young lady.

“Sending my condolences and thoughts to this lady's family and friends."

Neighbouring Scoot 69, Topoly’s Italian restaurant and a solicitor’s office are among the shops cordoned off by Gloucestershire Police this morning.

Buses and taxis, that normally have access through Southgate Street, will be redirected.

Acting Chief Inspector Neil Smith said “Gloucester is a safe place to live, work and visit and this type of incident is rare.

“Officers are still in the area carrying out enquiries - If you were in the area and saw something we would ask you to contact police as soon as possible.

"We're also working to put those who were in the salon at the time of the incident in contact with the relevant support agencies as we understand what they saw would have had a significant impact on them."

Anyone who may have information on this incident is asked to contact Gloucestershire Police on 101, quoting incident number 340 of February 18.

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