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Police probing death of child at centre of public inquiry

Claire Roberts, nine, died in hospital in 1996 from a medical condition called hyponatraemia.

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A preliminary hearing at a coroner’s court in Belfast was told a PSNI investigation was at an early stage (PA)

A preliminary hearing at a coroner’s court in Belfast was told a PSNI investigation was at an early stage (PA)

A preliminary hearing at a coroner’s court in Belfast was told a PSNI investigation was at an early stage (PA)

Police are investigating the death of a child at the centre of a public inquiry in Northern Ireland.

Claire Roberts, nine, died in hospital in 1996 from a medical condition called hyponatraemia caused by a lack of sodium in the bloodstream.

A public inquiry was set up in 2004 to investigate the deaths of Claire, Adam Strain, Raychel Ferguson, Lucy Crawford and Conor Mitchell.

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Copies of the findings of the hyponatraemia inquiry (PA)

Copies of the findings of the hyponatraemia inquiry (PA)

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Copies of the findings of the hyponatraemia inquiry (PA)

It said the children’s deaths were avoidable and Northern Ireland’s attorney general, John Larkin QC, ordered a new inquest into Claire’s death.

A preliminary hearing at a coroner’s court in Belfast on Wednesday was told a Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) investigation was at an early stage.

Another preliminary hearing was scheduled for September.

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