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Scottish Borders Abattoir Ltd fined after employee's death

The owners of a Galashiels slaughterhouse have been fined £100,000 after being found guilty of two health and safety breaches following the death of an employee.

Meat porter David Barker from Selkirk died in an accident at the Winston Road premises in January 2011.

A jury trial at Jedburgh Sheriff Court heard how the 48-year-old was in a storage container loosening the fixings of a steel partition door which collapsed and trapped him by the neck, resulting in his death.

Scottish Borders Abattoir Ltd. was found guilty of failing to provide information, instruction, training and supervision to ensure the health and safety of Mr Barker.

The company was also found guilty by the jury of failing to carry out a risk assessment for the task between January 5, 2011, and January 19, 2011.

Defence lawyer Susan Duff QC told the jury Mr Barker had only been asked by the company's management to remove boxes from the container so that an assessment of the partition removal could take place and he had been acting without anyone's knowledge by unscrewing the fastenings.

But, after two hours of deliberation, the jury returned majority guilty verdicts on both charges.

A third charge of failing to carry out risk assessments between August 2006 and January 2011 for tasks unrelated to food management safety at the abattoir was dropped by the Crown during the trial.

Sheriff Kevin Drummond imposed a fine of £100,000 to cover both offences.

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LATEST: Galashiels toddler dies in hotel swimming pool

A 40-year-old woman from the Scottish Borders remains in police custody this evening, following the death of a toddler in a swimming pool.

The three-year-old girl from Galashiels died in hospital after being pulled out of the water at a hotel in St Anne's in Lancashire.

The woman is being held on suspicion of murder and neglect but Police have stressed the child's death is being treated as unexplained. Investigations are continuing.

Ralph Blunsom has been following the story and sent this report from the scene.

Toddler's death is being treated as 'unexplained'

The death of a three-year-old girl from Galashiels is being treated by police as unexplained.

Police in Blackpool are continuing their investigation after the toddler drowned at the Dalmeny Hotel, in St Anne's yesterday, Thursday 14 August.

“We are treating this tragic incident as an unexplained death and are continuing to investigate just how the child has come into difficulties in the pool.

“Our thoughts remain with the child’s family at this sad time.”

– Detective Chief Inspector Dean Holden, Lancashire Constabulary

A Home Office post-mortem will take place in due course to establish the cause of death and a 40-year-old woman from Galashiels remains in police custody. She was arrested suspicion of murder and child neglect.

It's thought the girl was on holiday in the Blackpool area.

She was pulled out of the pool by a member of the public who tried to save her, before being taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital and then to Manchester Children's Hospital where she passed away. Watch: Witness tried to save toddler from pool.

Witness tried to save toddler from pool

Carole Greenwood says she resuscitated the toddler at the side of the pool at the Dalmeny Hotel in St Anne's, Lancashire.

She was using the pool yesterday morning, Thursday 14 August, and when she came out of the changing rooms and saw the little girl at the bottom of the pool.

As a trained lifesaver she dived in to save her. She says her training kicked in and she did all she could.

Police say the three-year-old is from Galashiels in the Scottish Borders.

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Murder probe into death of child from Galashiels

Police in Blackpool have launched a murder investigation following the death of a three year old girl from the Scottish Borders.

Officers were called by the Ambulance Service at shortly before 11am yesterday following the report of a child drowning in a swimming pool at the Dalmeny Hotel on South Promenade in St Annes, Lancashire.

The toddler from Galashiels, was removed from the water and taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital and then later transported to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital in a critical condition.

She died in hospital at 8pm last night.

“This is a tragic situation where a young girl has lost her fight for life following an incident at a swimming pool in a hotel in St Annes. “We are now treating this sad death as suspicious and are investigating just how the child has come into difficulties in the pool.”

– Detective Inspector Nick Connaughton, Lancashire Police
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Woman arrested after 'tragic' death of toddler

A 40-year-old woman, from Galashiels, Scotland, has been arrested on suspicion of murder and child neglect and remains in police custody.

Detective Inspector Nick Connaughton from Blackpool CID said: "This is a tragic situation where a young girl has lost her fight for life following an incident at a swimming pool in a hotel in St Annes.

"We are now treating this sad death as suspicious and are investigating just how the child has come into difficulties in the pool."

A spokesman for the 100-bedroom Dalmeny Hotel declined to comment.

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Woman arrested over toddler pool death

Dalmeny Hotel, St Annes
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A woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder after a three-year-old girl drowned in a hotel swimming pool in St Anne's, Lancashire.

The child, who was believed to have been staying at the seaside hotel with her parents, got into difficulty in the water at the Dalmeny Hotel, in St Annes, near Blackpool, at around 11am yesterday.

She was initially pulled from the water and taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital, but after being transported to Royal Manchester Children's Hospital in a critical condition, the girl, from Galashiels, Scotland, died at around 8pm yesterday.

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