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Woman dived in to try and save toddler

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The pool at the Dalmeny Hotel, Blackpool Credit: © 2014 Dalmeny Hotel

A member of the public who was using the hotels facilities rescued the girl from the pool. Carole Greenwood from At Annes, a trained lifesaver, came out of the changing rooms and saw the girl lying on the floor of the pool. She dived in and brought the girl out. She says she managed to resuscitate her before the emergency services arrived.

No comment from owners of Blackpool Hotel after toddler death

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Dalmeny Hotel, Blackpool Credit: ITV Granada

The owners of the 100 room Dalmeny Hotel have so far declined to comment although its understood their PR representatives are on their way to the hotel. Detectives say its a tragic situation.

"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, Blackpool CID

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Fracking protestors threaten 6 days of action

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Reclaim the Power fracking protest Credit: ITV Granada Reports

Hundreds of anti-fracking campaigners have set up camp in Blackpool. Reclaim the Power, the action group that disrupted Cuadrilla's operations in Balcombe last year will take 6 days of action in the seaside town. There have already been a number of protests in the region over the gas extraction technique.

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People Power. Protestors threaten 6 days of action Credit: ITV Granada Reports
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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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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.

Cuadrilla - "little support" for protest

"We believe there is absolutely no requirement and little local support for the protest and the illegal occupation of land being farmed by a local farmer, disrupting his business and family in the process.

"We understand the landowner is in the process of instructing lawyers to commence legal proceedings to recover possession of his land.

“Lancashire County Council’s consultation process is ongoing concerning our two planning applications for shale gas exploration.

"This is a thorough, transparent and democratic process which gives people ample opportunity to make their views known to the decision makers in the County Council.

"There is no democratic mandate for this kind of illegal protest nor for the associated threatened ‘direct action’ against local businesses.”

– Cuadrilla statement
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A Cuadrilla drill site. Credit: PA

Fracking protesters set up camp in Lancashire

Anti-fracking campaigners have set up a protest camp in a field in Lancashire where they will stage a five-day protest.

A number of local residents have been camped in the field, near Blackpool. for some days and from today they were joined by protesters from around the UK.

They're opposing any further exploratory drilling on the Fylde Coast.

Organisers say the expect up to 800 people to join the protest camp, and they are warning of a series of protests over the next few days - including 'direct action' against local businesses.

Andrew Fletcher has this report:

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