No charges over tot drowning

The Galashiels woman arrested after a three-year-old girl drowned in the swimming pool of a Lytham St Anne’s hotel earlier this year, will face no charges, Lancashire Police has confirmed.

Detectives launched a murder probe after Jane Bell, also from Galashiels, was pulled from the water at the Dalmeny Hotel and later died in hospital.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said this week no criminal charges will be brought against the 40-year-old woman, who was arrested on suspicion of murder and neglect shortly after the incident happened on August 14.

After a lengthy investigation, which saw the woman twice bailed by police while they gathered evidence, Lancashire Police said the case is now closed.

Police were called to the hotel by paramedics just before 11am on August 14 after Jane was brought up from the bottom of the pool.

She was taken to Blackpool Victoria Hospital and later transported to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital, where she died later that same day.

A Home Office post mortem examination concluded Jane died of drowning.

Joanna White, senior crown prosecutor for CPS North West’s Complex Casework Unit, said she had reviewed all the evidence gathered by detectives, including witness statements and CCTV footage from the hotel and had concluded there should be no criminal proceedings against the woman in connection with Jane’s death.

Det Chief Insp Dean Holden, of Lancashire Police, who said his thoughts were with the youngster’s family, added: “We will now provide the coroner with all the relevant information for inquest.”