Tributes paid to Gosport girl, 6, who died in campsite tragedy

POISON FEARS The barbecue outside the family's tent at the New Forest campsite
POISON FEARS The barbecue outside the family's tent at the New Forest campsite
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TRIBUTES have been paid to Isabelle Harris, the six-year-old girl from Gosport who died in a tragic accident on holiday with her parents.

It comes as police confirm they are looking into the possibility that toxic fumes from a barbecue were to blame for the tragedy at a campsite in the New Forest.

Neighbours of the family in Hill Park Road spoke of their sadness at the news of Isabelle’s death.

One, who did not wanted to be named, said: ‘It is a terrible tragedy.

‘We saw the young girl going to school in the mornings and she always seemed very happy.

‘The family keep themselves to themselves but they seem very nice. It’s a terrible shame.

‘That poor little girl had only just started to live her life. Our thoughts are with the family.’

Isabelle was found fitting and not breathing in the early hours of Good Friday.

Her parents Lee and Tracey desperately fought to revive her but she went into cardiac arrest and later died in hospital.

Police officers from Hampshire Constabulary are looking into what may have caused her death.

A police spokeswoman told The News officers were considering the possibility of carbon monoxide poisoning but further tests needed to be carried out.

Mr and Mrs Harris described their daughter as their ‘whole world’.

In a statement released through the police, the couple, of Hill Park Road, said: ‘No words are strong enough to describe how we feel.

‘Isabelle was our whole world – everything we ever did was for her.’

A police file on the youngster’s death will now be passed to the coroner for investigation.

An inquest is expected to take place to determine the exact cause of her death.

Mr and Mrs Harris added: ‘We want to find out why this happened and we’d like to leave the police to get on with this.

‘We’d like to thank the owners of the campsite for their assistance and apologise to other campers on the site who were there to enjoy their bank holiday weekend.

‘We would like to give special thanks to the first responders and paramedics who treated Isabelle at the campsite.

‘Our thanks also go to Hampshire Constabulary.’

The statement continued: ‘We thank them for the way they have treated us.

‘We also appreciate their ongoing support and have no issues with their actions.’

Police initially arrested the parents on suspicion of murder after Isabelle’s death.

But a post-mortem examination at Southampton General Hospital revealed her death was an accident and they were released on Friday evening.

Police said the arrests were necessary as the result of a report from experienced medical professionals.