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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

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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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Woman arrested after 'tragic' death of toddler

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.”

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Murder investigation launched after girl drowns

A murder investigation has been launched after a toddler drowned in a swimming pool near Blackpool.

Officers found the three year old at the Dalmeny hotel in St Annes 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.

A 40 year old woman from Scotland has been arrested on suspicion of murder and child neglect.

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Police investigate attempted Galashiels break-in

Police in the Scottish Borders are investigating an attempted break-in at a property in Galashiels.

A house on Lintburn Street was targeted at about 5am on Wednesday, 6 August.

The occupants were woken by a noise coming from the living room and discovered someone had tried to get into the building.

"Fortunately, the property was not entered and none of the occupants' belongings were taken.

"Nevertheless, we are keen to hear from anyone who remembers seeing any suspicious activity in or around Lintburn Street in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

"In addition, anyone with information that can help us trace those responsible is asked to contact police immediately."

– Inspector Tony Hodges, Police Scotland

Those with information can contact Police Scotland on 101 or alternatively, Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

One way system disrupts traffic in Galashiels

Work has begun to build the new stations for the Borders Railway in Tweedbank and Galashiels. The £300 million project to connect the Borders with Edinburgh by rail is still on track to open from September next year.

The work to build a platform means that there'll be disruption for traffic heading through Galashiels, as the town centre bypass has been temporarily switched to one-way.

Jenny Longden reports:

Works begins to build Galashiels Train Station

Work has begun in Galashiels to build the town's train station.

It's the next phase of the £300 million Waverley Line project, connecting the Borders with Edinburgh by rail.

Ladhope Vale is temporarily one-way Credit: ITV Border
Work is underway to remove the stone wall along the A7 Credit: ITV Border

It means there are disruptions to roads in the town, as work begins to remove a wall along Ladhope Vale. The road will return to a one-way system like it was in the past, and the diversion will take traffic through the town centre.

Traffic Modelling software was used to identify the least disruptive system as the work is completed.

Cars are being diverted through the town centre Credit: ITV Border

"We have had no complaints that I am aware of, I think people have been well advised, I think the system has been well enough sign-posted, people are familiar with the old system, so I have no reason to believe that it should cause too many complications, having said that, we have people on hand to advise people if there are problems."

– Councillor John Mitchell, Scottish Borders Council
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