Toddler falls from Blackpool hotel window: Here's what we know so far

A police officer outside the Rooms Inn hotel in Albert Road, Blackpool, carrying an evidence bag after a girl, two, fell from a second-floor window shortly before 9am on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 (Picture: Dave Nelson)
A police officer outside the Rooms Inn hotel in Albert Road, Blackpool, carrying an evidence bag after a girl, two, fell from a second-floor window shortly before 9am on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 (Picture: Dave Nelson)
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A young girl suffered multiple broken bones and is in a "serious" condition after falling from a Blackpool hotel window this morning.

Here's what we know so far:

A police officer outside the Rooms Inn hotel in Albert Road, Blackpool, after a girl, two, fell from a second-floor window shortly before 9am on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 (Picture: Dave Nelson)

A police officer outside the Rooms Inn hotel in Albert Road, Blackpool, after a girl, two, fell from a second-floor window shortly before 9am on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 (Picture: Dave Nelson)

- Emergency services were called to a hotel in Albert Road in the town centre at around 8.45am today

- Nearby hotelier Kevin Twiss, 35, whose wife Wendy, 44, runs the neighbouring Lumada Hotel, said he looked out of his window while cooking breakfast at around 8.40am after hearing a crying noise. He said: "I looked out of the side window and couldn't see anything, and then I heard it again and when I looked outside that was when I saw the child on the floor. I wondered if I was seeing it right."

- The ambulance service said an ambulance, two rapid response cars, and a medical helicopter were sent to the scene following "reports somebody had fallen"

- Police initially said the victim is a two-year-old girl and that officers responded to "a report that a toddler had fallen from a second storey window at the Manor Royd hotel", which is now called the Rooms Inn. The force later said the girl is actually 18 months old

- Witnesses said the girl is feared to have suffered a broken skull and chest injuries

- It isn't yet known where the air ambulance helicopter landed, but the girl is thought to have been driven to it by land ambulance. A spokeswoman for the North West Air Ambulance charity, which runs the helicopter, said she was unable to give any further details

- The youngster was airlifted to Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Merseyside "suffering from a number of fractures and is in a serious condition", police said

- Several police vehicles, including a crime scene investigation van, were pictured parked in the road, with "enquiries underway"

- Kerry Wormald, housekeeper at the Arabella Hotel, also in Albert Road, said: "A young man came running down to say that there was somebody in the back alley screaming that they needed an ambulance," at around 9am

- She added: "We looked out the back window into the car park and couldn't see anything, so I went into the back alley to have a look and as I went out I could hear a baby screaming. It sounded like something was coming from next door, so I shouted over. At that point I saw [a man] in the second floor window on the phone. I went out the front. We could hear the sirens on the ambulance and I stood on the street with a few other people flagging it down."

- A police officer was photographed outside the Rooms Inn carrying a brown evidence bag. No arrests have been made, police said

- Crime scene investigators were seen in the alleyway behind the hotel carrying out forensic work

- A Lancashire Police spokeswoman said at 3.35pm she had "not been made aware" of any changes in the girl's condition

- The Rooms Inn said the girl was staying there as part of a family of four, the BBC has reported.

- The council also confirmed to the BBC that staff have carried out an inspection of the family's room, though there was no suggestion any other wrongdoing

- Det Insp Alisa Wilson, of Blackpool Police, said: “This incident has left a young child with some very significant injuries and I would appeal for anyone who saw what happened or who has any information which could assist to get in touch.”

- Anyone with information should call police on 101 quoting log number 258 of August 20