No charges over 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.

Detectives launched a murder probe after Jane Bell, also from Galashiels, was pulled from the water at the Dalmeny Hotel on August 14 and later died in hospital.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has confirmed no criminal charges will be brought against the woman, aged 40, who was arrested on suspicion of murder and neglect. After its lengthy investigation, 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 hospital, but died later that same day and a Home Office post mortem examination concluded Jane died of drowning. Senior crown prosecutor Joanna White said she had reviewed all the evidence gathered by police 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.

Lancashire Police says it will now provide the coroner with all the relevant information for an inquest.