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Pool death woman was celebrating birthday

The two were found in the swimming pool at the Down Hall Country House Hotel Credit: ITV Anglia

A man and a woman found dead in a swimming pool at a hotel have been named.

Komba Kpakiwa, 31, from Erith in Kent, and Josephine Newahun Foday, 22, from south London were discovered in the water at Down Hall Country House Hotel in Hatfield Heath, Essex, on Saturday evening.

An inquest into the deaths heard that Josephine Foday's birthday was the previous day and she was at the hotel to celebrate.

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Police probe hotel swimming pool deaths

Detectives are investigating the deaths of two guests at a hotel at Hatfield Heath near Bishop's Stortford. Officers were called to Down Hall Country House Hotel in Matching Road at about 7.35pm on Saturday April 27 after a man and a woman had been found under water in the hotel’s swimming pool.

Hotel staff and ambulance crews tried in vain to revive them but both were later pronounced dead at the scene. The deaths are being treated as unexplained. The man, in his 30s and the woman, in her 20s, are believed to be from London. Post mortem examinations are to be carried out tomorrow.