Post-mortem finds death of girl, 6, was not suspicious

Police check people leaving the campsite
Police check people leaving the campsite

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POLICE last night freed without charge the two people from Gosport held on suspicion of the murder of a six-year-old girl.

It came after the results of a post-mortem examination showed that there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the girl’s death.

Police at the Holmsley camp site in the New Forest today, where a man and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of murder after the death of a six-year-old girl''PICTURE: Robin Jones/ Digital South

Police at the Holmsley camp site in the New Forest today, where a man and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of murder after the death of a six-year-old girl''PICTURE: Robin Jones/ Digital South

Police said the arrests of the 30-year-old man and 40-year-old woman were necessary as a result of a report from experienced medical professionals.

A statement from Hampshire police said: ‘The girl’s death is no longer being treated as suspicious but a tragic incident. An investigation is ongoing.

‘As with all investigations into the death of a child, we’ll now be working with partner agencies to support the family throughout the investigation process.’

‘Officers will remain on the campsite for the next 24 hours to reassure visitors to the site and the local community.’

Police were called to Bransgore in the New Forest in the early hours yesterday after the girl was found not breathing.

Paramedics arrived at the secluded spot shortly after midnight where they found the little girl fitting.

The youngster went into cardiac arrest and was taken to Southampton General Hospital where she later died.

The pair were arrested at the scene.

It is not known if they are the girl’s parents.

Emergency services found her mother and father giving CPR when they arrived.

Forensic teams were yesterday examining the campsite for clues as to what happened.

The blue tent where the girl died, pictured on page 1, was sealed off by police.

Meanwhile, officers spent the day gathering witness statements from other families at the campsite.

One eyewitness, who was staying at the site but did not want to be named, said she was woken by the sound of screams and a car horn before police and paramedics arrived.

A spokesman for South Central Ambulance Service said the girl was fitting and not breathing when paramedics arrived at the scene.

He said: ‘A double-manned ambulance was sent with an emergency care practitioner. The child went into cardiac arrest and adrenaline was administered.’

Police removed a blue Volkswagen Golf from the campsite for examination.

The identity of the girl has not been released.

Police are appealing for anyone who may have information about what happened to contact them on 101.

You can also call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.