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Death of four-year-old

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Enquiries ongoing

Officers are continuing their enquiries today [Wednesday 30 August] following the death of a four-year-old boy at a swimming pool in Bideford.

Police were notified around 2.55pm on Monday 28 August to reports of a missing boy at Knapp House Activity Centre in Northam.

Following an extensive search assisted by the Police Helicopter, the child was located in a swimming pool at the site and taken to North Devon District Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

DI Austin Goss said: “The boy, who was from Weymouth, had been on holiday at the centre.

“This is a sensitive investigation and an extremely tragic incident. The boy was reported missing on Monday around 2.55pm and was found unconscious in the swimming pool and pronounced dead at hospital. The boy’s family, who are also from Weymouth, are all aware.

“Although we are not treating the death as suspicious, extensive investigations will continue to determine the circumstances of how the boy drowned and we are working together with the local authority health and safety team to establish the full facts.

“Our condolences go out to the family of the young boy and our thoughts are with them. Many people have been affected by this extremely sad death and I would request that respect is extended to all of those involved.”

Anyone with information are asked to contact Police on 101 quoting reference 593 of 28/08/17.

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