12:52pm UK, Friday April 06, 2012
A man and a woman have been arrested on suspicion of murder after the death of a six-year-old girl on a campsite in the New Forest.
The man, aged 30, and a 40-year-old woman, are both from Gosport, Hampshire.
The Gosport family was staying at a campsite in Bransgore
Paramedics were called to the Holmsley campsite in Bransgore, Dorset, just after midnight on Good Friday.
A spokesperson for South Central Ambulance Service said that when they arrived, the girl was “fitting and not breathing”.
“The child went into cardiac arrest and adrenaline was administered,” the spokesperson said.
She was taken to Southampton General Hospital, where she was confirmed dead.
Police continued examinations at the scene and gathered witness statements on Friday.
The site is operated by the Camping and Caravanning Club, which runs camping in the New Forest.
Club spokesman Jon Dale said: “We are aware of the incident and sorry to hear the sad news.
“We are helping the police with their investigations. (Our) thoughts are with friends and family at this difficult time.”
The website for camping in Holmsley
The Holmsley site is one of the best equipped in the New Forest, rated four out of five by the club, and is near the A35 road between Lyndhurst and Christchurch.
It was built on a former World War II airfield on the edge of the forest and is near the village of Burley.
The campsite roads and parking spots utilise the old wartime taxiways and aircraft hardstandings.
The 600-pitch site is family-orientated and includes a store that sells groceries, camping goods and games.
Mr Dale added: “The campsite is closed to new arrivals and current campers have been asked to remain on site whilst police investigate the incident.”