Death at New Forest's Holmsley campsite sparks Hampshire police murder enquiry

Murder investigation after death of girl, 6

Murder investigation after death of girl, 6

First published in New Forest

A MURDER enquiry is underway this morning following the death of a six-year-old girl at a Hampshire campsite.

Detectives launched the investigation after being called to the Holmsley Campsite in the New Forest at 12.50am.

Paramedics were first on the scene having been called at 12.11am, following reports of a young girl who was fitting and not breathing.

The ambulance service arrived ten minutes later.

They were followed by a double manned ambulance, an emergency care practitioner and a community first responder from Bransgore.

While they were treating the youngster she suffered a cardiac arrest and she was given adrenaline in the ambulance en route to Southampton General Hospital, where she died shortly after.

This morning a police helicopter circled overhead as detectives continued to investigate the tragedy and examine the scene.

The huge campsite, based on one of the old World War II airfields in the New Forest, was completely cordoned off and closed to all new arrivals.

A police van was parked at the entrance to the site and an officer was taking the names and addresses of anyone leaving for the day.

Three police cars were parked in a nearby lay-by and two officers could be seen outside the camps Forest Store shop.

Many of the campers were unaware that a murder had been committed and asked journalists what was happening.

One said: “Blimey, you come away on holiday for Easter and then something like this happens.”

A police spokesman said the girl's death was being treated as suspicious.

A 30-year-old man and a 40-year-old woman, both from Gosport have been arrested on suspicion of murder. They remain in police custody.

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