Man from Cheshire stabbed in Australia

A man from Cheshire has been stabbed during an attack at a backpacker's hostel in Queensland, Australia.

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College 'devastated' after death of Buxton college pupil

A woman killed in a knife attack at a hostel in Australia was "bright" and "bubbly" with a "zest for life".

Mia Ayliffe-Chung attended college in Buxton Credit: Facebook/ Mia Ayliffe-Chung

Mia Ayliffe-Chung, died in the attack at a hostel in Queensland.

Rachel McVeigh, Curriculum Leader for Education and Childcare, at Buxton & Leek College, said:

“Mia studied Childcare and Education at Buxton & Leek College from 2012 – 2014. She was a bright and hardworking young lady, whose bubbly personality and sense of humour endeared her to everyone she encountered.

"Mia had a zest for life and was free spirited, with a keen desire to travel. We are devastated and extremely sorry to hear such tragic news. Our thoughts are with her family and friends.”

– Rachel McVeigh, Curriculum Leader for Education and Childcare, at Buxton & Leek College

A 30-year-old man from Congleton, Tom Jackson, was also injured in the attack. He is critically ill in hospital.

Backpacker injured in knife attack identified as Congleton man

A man critically injured in a knife attack at a hostel in Queensland, Australia, has been identified as Tom Jackson from Congleton.

Tom Jackson from Congleton Credit: Facebook

A 21-year-old British woman died after being stabbed in the attack.

The woman, named locally as Mia Ayliffe-Chung, from Derbyshire, was described as "gorgeous" by friends. She attended school in Buxton.

Police said a 29-year-old French national carried out the knife attack in Queensland which also left a 30-year-old British man in a critical condition.

Monique Cross, an Australian friend of Miss Ayliffe-Chung, told the Press Association: "She was a gorgeous person. It's an awful tragedy - I can't believe it."

It's believed Mr Jackson was trying to intervene in the attack and save Mia Aycliffe-Chung. Reports suggest he has several stab wounds to the face.


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