Boy, 4, dies in pool tragedy


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Toddler death after suspected drowning during family holiday in Ilfracombe.

A four-year-old boy is understood to have drowned while on a family holiday in Ilfracombe.

Police said the youngster was pulled from the swimming pool at Bicclescombe Grange, a 23-bedroom holiday home, on Friday at around 4.30pm.

He was taken to North Devon District Hospital and then airlifted to Bristol Children’s Hospital, but later died.

A police spokesman said it was a very tragic incident and the circumstances were not known at this time. He said a full investigation was under way, with the police public protection unit liaising with partner organisations.

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The four star Bicclescombe Grange is on the outskirts of Ilfracombe and is owned by Andrew and Allison Swinton. Mr Swinton told the North Devon Gazette their primary concern was with the family of the child at this time.

“All our thoughts, my wife and I, are with them and their family,” he said.

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“We were completely shocked when we heard, it was a terrible tragedy. My understanding is it has been a tragic accident.”

He said they had met with the police and officials at the holiday accommodation yesterday (Tuesday) and no concerns had been raised about the facilities on site.

Jeremy Mann, Head of Environmental Health and Housing Services at North Devon Council said: “We have been informed of the tragic incident, which is currently being investigated by the police.

“We have visited the site in support of the ongoing police investigation, but are unable to make any further comment at this time.”

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