Safety charges for pool death hotel

Murder Inquiry: Police outside the Dalmeny Hotel where a three year old girl got into difficulties in the pool and later died.
Murder Inquiry: Police outside the Dalmeny Hotel where a three year old girl got into difficulties in the pool and later died.

A seaside hotel where a threeyear-old girl drowned in the deep end of its indoor pool has been charged with health and safety offences.

Three-year-old Sarah Bell was on holiday with her parents and six year old sister when she drowned at the three star Dalmeny Hotel on South Promenade, St Annes in August 14 2014.

The owners of the hotel Dalmeny Hotel Ltd registered address Hoghton Street,Southport face two charges brought under Health and Safety laws.

They are said to have been an employer which failed in its duty to ensure the safety of guests in that they were exposed to the risk of drowning.

They are also alleged to have failed to have made a risk assessment as to the safety of guests . The Bells come from Galashiels in the Scottish borders. The dead girl’s father is a gardener and her mother a supermarket worker.

The hotel which has a turnover of £ 3million a year was represented by managing director Samantha Lewis.

It entered no pleas to each allegation and District Judge Alan Jonessitting at Blackpool Magistrates Court sent the case to Preston Crown Court when he case will be heard on August 10.