Baby girl dies in 'unexplained' circumstances in Blackpool, police say

Police at the scene this morning
Police at the scene this morning
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A baby girl has died at a home in Blackpool, police confirmed this morning.

In a statement, police said officers were called at around 8am to "reports a baby had been found unresponsive at an address in Marton Drive, Blackpool".

Police officers at the back of a van in Marton Drive, South Shore

Police officers at the back of a van in Marton Drive, South Shore

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It added: "Emergency services attended but the baby, a girl, was sadly pronounced dead at the scene.

"The death is currently being treated as unexplained and an investigation is underway."

Passing motorists described seeing a visibly distressed woman outside a home in the road as emergency officials tried to comfort her.

Police at the scene

Police at the scene

Resident Brian Passmore, 83, of Marton Drive, said: "All I know is a girl has lost her baby and she was out in the road screaming. She was hysterical.

"It's really upsetting and I feel for the poor girl."

Mark McCullough, 42, of Marsden Road, added: "I was walking back from Tesco and all I heard was a huge scream.

"Then a paramedic arrived and a load of police cars as well. It looked really serious."

Police at the scene

Police at the scene

It was not immediately clear whether any arrests had been made. Witnesses described seeing two people being led from the property after the woman had gone in an ambulance.

A Crime Scene Investigation (CSI) van arrived at the home shortly before noon, with officers heading inside the mid-terraced home.

The North West Ambulance Service said it would not comment because the tragedy happened at a private address.

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