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Hotel swimming pool deaths: Inquest due to open today

Police at the Down Hall Country House Hotel

An inquest is due to open today after two guests were found dead in a hotel swimming pool in Hatfield Heath near Bishop's Stortford.

A man in his 30s and a woman in her 20s were found dead at the Down Hall Country House Hotel at the weekend. A post mortem examination found their deaths were consistent with drowning.

They have not yet been named at the request of their families but details are expected to be released as an inquest is opened and adjourned in Chelmsford this afternoon.

An Essex Police spokesman said: "Detectives are continuing to investigate the circumstances leading up to their deaths but are treating them as non-suspicious. Further routine tests will be undertaken and a report will be prepared for the HM coroner's inquest hearing."


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.