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Summary

  1. Woman, 21, stabbed to death at backpacker hostel in Australia
  2. Victim named as Mia Ayliffe-Chung from Derbyshire
  3. Man, 30, severely injured in same attack
  4. Police arrest 29-year-old French suspect
  5. Motive being investigated

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By Calum McKenzie

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Police chief: Travellers should not be afraid

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Steve Gollschewski, deputy commissioner for Queensland Police, has been asked what sort of impact this attack would have on Australia's backpacker community. 

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He said: "Regrettably these sorts of tragic incidents happen in our society from time to time. 

"I think generally people have to take confidence that they can be safe in Australia and safe in Queensland.  

"We're doing everything we can to understand what happened here and make sure that any problems are addressed."

Former college remembers Mia's 'zest for life'

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Miss Ayliffe-Chung studied childcare at Buxton and Leek College before travelling to Bali and Australia.

Buxton and Leek College
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Rachel McVeigh, curriculum leader for education and childcare at the college, said: "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."

Accused's name won't be known until court appearance

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The name of the 29-year-old man arrested over the stabbing won't be revealed just yet because police in Queensland don't release names at the arrest stage. 

Suspects are usually identified publicly after appearing in court.

Mia was 'bubbly and carefree,' sister says

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The Guardian has tracked down Mia's half-sister Nicola Chung in South Norwood, London. 

"She was bubbly, carefree and had trained to be a nanny, because she loved children," she told the newspaper.  

Listen: Pal remembers 'exciting' Mia

Backpacker killed: Your tributes

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There have been plenty of comments for Mia over on the BBC East Midlands Today Facebook page.

Mary Gaskin writes: "Such a tragic loss of a young life. 

"I was a backpacker in Australia at her age and it was the time of my life so it should have been for her. So sorry for her family and friends."

Country coming to terms with attack

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Australian news programme tweets...

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Watch: Latest on backpacker killing

BBC News reporter Andy Moore has this report on the fatal stabbing of Mia Ayliffe-Chung...

Backpacker killed: Your tributes

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There have been tributes to Mia over on the East Midlands Today Facebook page.

Ian Litchfield writes: "Just saw this on EMT lunchtime, makes me so sad and so angry, such a tragic waste of a beautiful young life, so senseless, my sympathies to the family."

Guardian: Tributes paid to 'bubbly' backpacker

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Here is how the Guardian are reporting the death of Mia Ayliffe-Chung. 

College pays tribute to Mia

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Mia had been studying childcare at Buxton and Leek College before going on her travels. 

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"Mia had a zest for life and was free-spirited, with a keen desire to travel," course leader Rachel McVeigh said.  

"We are devastated and extremely sorry to hear such tragic news. Our thoughts are with her family and friends."

Latest on backpacker death

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Here's a quick afternoon recap of what we know: 

  • 21-year-old Mia Ayliffe-Chung has been attacked and killed at a hostel in Queensland 
  • A 30-year-old man severely injured in the attack has been named as Tom Jackson from Congleton 
  • Police are yet to find out the exact motive for the attack 

Mia was working to try to extend her visa

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This picture shows the Bedroom Lounge Bar where Mia worked when she was visiting the Gold Coast. 

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Attack suspect in police custody

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Mia's final Facebook post

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This is the final Facebook status by Mia - added four days before she was attacked.

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Backpacker killed: Your Tributes

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You've been paying tribute to Mia over on BBC Radio Derby's Facebook page. 

Trish O'shea writes: "Such very sad news,my thoughts r with her family, RIP."   

Severely injured Briton named

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A 30-year-old British man, who was severely injured in the attack is being named by the Press Association as Tom Jackson. 

He is in a critical condition in hospital. 

Recap of events

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Boyfriend: Mia 'had her whole life ahead of her'

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Mr Stead continued: "She was a beautiful girl who had her whole life ahead of her and we spoke of what the future may hold in store for her and what she wanted to do. 

"It's sad knowing that she won't be able to do those things. My heart goes out to her and her family."

Boyfriend pays tribute

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Jamison Stead, 23, who had been in a relationship with Mia, remembered her as a "beautiful soul" who had "fallen in love with the country and its people". 

He told the Press Association: "We met towards the end of April through friends in Surfers [Paradise].

"I can't quite get my head around what's happened. Truly devastated, more just disbelief that this has happened.It's something you hear about but never think that it would happen to someone you were close to."

Watch: Mia shared selfie vid days before stabbing

This self-shot video showing Mia Ayliffe-Chung laughing and joking was posted on Facebook by the backpacker five days before she was fatally stabbed at a hostel in Queensland.

Attacker 'appears to have acted alone,' police say

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Here's what Queensland Police Deputy Commissioner Steve Gollschewski has had to say about the attack...

School's thoughts with Mia's friends and family

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More from Paul Lovatt on Mia and her life at the Anthony Gell School. 

"Mia was a bubbly student who was energetic, caring and who immersed herself in life, enriching the school environment she contributed to," he said.

"Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this most difficult of times." 

Mia had 'so much joy and energy'

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A teacher at one of Mia's former schools, Anthony Gell School in Wirksworth, has spoken about the impact she made.

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"Everyone at the school is shocked and saddened at the news that Mia has lost her life in the most tragic of circumstances," head of pastoral care Paul Lovatt said. 

"We knew Mia as a student with so much joy and energy who was well-liked by her friends and teachers. 

"She joined our school in Year 9 and flourished here both in making strong friendships and in achieving high-level GCSEs." 

Heaven 'has gained an amazing and beautiful soul'

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Friends have been paying tribute to Mia online. 

Kyle Godwin wrote: "We really do live in a cruel world. 

"The only good thing to come from this is that heaven really truly has gained an amazing and beautiful soul.

"I love you more then anything in this world beautiful." 

Picture shows aftermath of hostel attack

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We've just received this image from ABC showing the emergency services at the scene of the attack. 

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Latest on backpacker death

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Here's a quick recap of what we know: 

  • Mia Ayliffe-Chung of Wirksworth, has been attacked and killed at a backpackers' hostel in Queensland
  • Staff at her former school described her as "bubbly, energetic and caring" 
  • Her family have been contacted by Australian police 
  • A number of possible motives are being investigated, including drugs, mental health issues and extremism

Mia's family contacted

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Police have contacted Miss Ayliffe-Chung's family, as well as the relatives of the injured British man, who was taken to Townsville Base Hospital. 

Backpacker stabbing: Latest from the Derby Telegraph

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The Derby Telegraph is also running live updates on the fatal stabbing. Get the latest here.

'She was such a nice girl'

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Tom Taylor, who lives in Hazlewood, near Belper - where Mia used to live, has also paid tribute to the 21-year-old.

Mia
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He said: "She had a pet dog when she was younger and I used to see her on the field. 

"She was quite a nice girl - it's just a shock. It's tragic, what do you do about things like this?"

ABC: Police probe 'Allahu akbar' link

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Here is how ABC News in Australia is reporting the attack on Mia Ayliffe-Chung. 

Mia 'loved her cat Leo'

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Mia's friend and colleague Mykah Powell has been speaking about her life in Australia. 

He said: "She loved her cat Leo which she purchased here in Australia very much and was forever snap chatting the cuteness." 

Friend remembers 'gorgeous' Mia

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Monique Cross, an Australian friend of Mia, has also paid tribute.  

She said: "She was a gorgeous person. It's an awful tragedy - I can't believe it." 

Watch: BBC News Channel on backpacker killing

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You can see what the police have had to say about the attack in this report...

Police trying to establish motive

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Queensland Police has described the attack as "a senseless act of violence".

"We don't have any motive at this stage," said Det Supt Ray Rohweder.

"We're taking a number of statements in relation to what exactly was said on the evening."

Fellow travellers shocked at backpacker death

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Tommy Martin, from Berkshire, met Mia whilst he was travelling in Bali and reunited with her on the Gold Coast in Australia. 

"She was a free spirit who didn't have any set plans but that's the way she loved it," he told the Press Association.

"I'm very shocked to see this and to be honest I've never known anyone to die so it's a bit much."

Killed backpacker was 'living her dream'

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It's understood Mia Ayliffe-Chung was just days into a three-month trip in Australia to work with animals.

Mia and a cat
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She'd been in Bali and in July posted on her Facebook page: "The hardest thing living my dream, missing the important home things. 

"Graduations, people in hospital, funerals and birthdays."

Latest on backpacker death

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Here's a quick recap of what we know so far: