Man charged with hairdresser murder

Burnley and Pendle Citizen: Hollie Gazzard, who died following an attack at the salon where she worked Hollie Gazzard, who died following an attack at the salon where she worked

A man was charged today with the murder of a hairdresser who was fatally stabbed at a beauty salon.

Hollie Gazzard, 20, died following the attack at Fringe Benefits and La Bella Beauty, where she worked, in Southgate Street, Gloucester on Tuesday evening.

Police said Asher Thomas Maslin, 22, of Gloucester Road, Cheltenham, would appear before magistrates in Cheltenham tomorrow.

Emergency services rushed to the scene, in the city centre, at around 5.50pm on Tuesday, after reports that Miss Gazzard was being attacked.

She was taken to Gloucestershire Royal Hospital following the incident, but later died.

In a tribute issued through police, her family said "the brightest star" in their lives had gone out.

"Hollie is our daughter and was a beautiful, happy and loving girl," the statement said.

"She was full of life and we are very proud of her. She was at the beginning of her life and to have it taken away in this manner is very hard to bear.

"Everybody she came in contact with loved her, enjoyed her company, her happy nature and her sense of fun. The world has lost a treasure, she was so loved by all her family and friends and the brightest star in their lives has now gone out.

"The only comfort we have at this time is that Hollie is now free and at peace and that no harm can ever come to her as she lives with the angels in heaven.

"We are grateful for all the support of our family and friends and would like to express our thanks to the medical staff who tried so hard to save Hollie and to the police for their sympathetic and understanding care.

"We would ask the media to respect our privacy and allow us time to come to terms with our loss."

The Senior Investigating Officer in the case, Detective Chief Inspector Steve Bean, thanked people who had contacted the police.

He said: "I would like to say a personal thank you to everyone who has spoken to us about Hollie's death and also to those who have respected the privacy of Hollie's family at this difficult time. We understand this is a case that has affected many people. The Gloucestershire branch of Victim Support is able to offer free support and advice and you can contact them on 0845 456 6099."

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