UK: Two people arrested on suspicion of murder after death of girl, aged six, at New Forest camp site
UK: Two people have been arrested following the death of a six-year-old girl who was taken to hospital from a campsite early today, police said.
Paramedics were called to the Holmsley campsite, in Bransgore, in Hampshire, just after midnight.
A spokesman for South Central Ambulance Service said the girl was “fitting and not breathing”.
He went on: “A double-manned ambulance was sent with an emergency care practitioner.
“The child went into cardiac arrest and adrenalin was administered.”
She was taken to Southampton General Hospital where she was later pronounced dead.
Speaking at the scene, Sergeant Heather McNicol, from Hampshire Police, said: “Overnight we were called to Holmsley campsite after the death of a six-year-old girl.
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“Police are treating the death as possibly suspicious because of the age of the little girl.
“Two people have been arrested.”
Officers were called to the scene in the early hours of this morning where they found paramedics battling to save the child.
“A 30-year-old man and a 40-year-old woman, both from Gosport, have been arrested on suspicion of murder,” police said in a statement.
They pair remained in custody this morning.
The campsite confirmed that some guests were still at the site today as police continued their investigation.
Holmsley Caravan Park and Campsite has 600 pitches based on the land of a Second World War airfield on the edge of the New Forest.
Today, the blue family tent where the incident took place remains sealed off by police.
One witness, who did not want to be named, said she was woken by the sound of screams and someone repeatedly pressing a car horn before police and paramedics arrived at the scene.
Sgt McNicol added that forensic teams have not yet entered the tent to start their investigations.
She said: “When a six-year-old child is found, then initially we have to think it’s a suspicious death.
“But until there is a full post-mortem examination, we do not know what the cause of death was.
“There is a long way to go before we know if there’s any foul play. But whether it’s foul play or not, it’s a tragedy.”
She reassured fellow campers that no-one else is at risk.