Police set to launch probe into death of boy, 4, at Center Parcs

Police have been called to probe the death of a young boy who died the day before Christmas in a swimming pool incident at a Center Parcs in southwest England. Police will work to establish the facts around the incident, though the situation is not being regarded as suspicious. A post-mortem is set to be conducted to uncover the full story behind the tragic death, which remains unexplained. 

The Wiltshire Police investigating the incident have said they do not believe there to be “any suspicious circumstances” regarding the boy’s death. 

In a statement, they said on Monday: “We are working alongside HM Coroner for Wiltshire and Swindon following the death of a four-year-old boy at Center Parcs, Longleat.

“A post-mortem will take place in due course, however, at this time there are not believed to be any suspicious circumstances and our thoughts remain with the family at this difficult time.”

The young boy died in the resort’s sub-tropical swimming pool, which was closed due to a “serious medical incident”.


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Emergency services rushed to the Longleat Center Parcs on Christmas Eve shortly after 11am. 

Upon their arrival, the boy was dragged out of the water but was not able to be revived. His death was publicly confirmed just after 3.30pm

While an investigation is ongoing, the young boy cannot be named. 

One person staying at Center Parcs for Christmas said that a “temporary barrier” had been placed in front of the entrance to the swimming pool following the incident.

Center Parcs released a statement on Christmas eve following the incident, saying they were “deeply saddened” by the news. 

The statement read: “We are deeply saddened by the tragic news that a young guest has passed away at Longleat Forest today. 

“We are offering our support to the family and to our employees who provided immediate assistance.”

“Our thoughts remain with the family at this very difficult time.”

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The rest of the holiday park remained open after the incident, including the main plaza and the gift shop.  

One guest said she “noticed a big crowd all leaving the plaza” after the young boy’s death. 

The pool was reopened on Christmas Day morning, Center Parcs confirmed, and guests were allowed to use the facilities.

Center Parcs has been approached for comment. 

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