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Campsite girl's parents devastated

The parents of a six-year-old girl who died after suffering a fit at a campsite have said they are devastated at the loss of the youngster whom they described as "our whole world".

Isabelle Harris died in the early hours of Friday morning in hospital after suffering a cardiac arrest at the Holmsley campsite in the New Forest, Hampshire.

Her parents Lee and Tracey Harris, from Gosport, Hants, said in a statement: "We are all absolutely devastated about what has happened. No words are strong enough to describe how we feel at the moment. Isabelle was our whole world; everything we ever did was for her. She was a really special girl and this is a huge loss to everyone who knew her."

The statement continued: "The police investigation has concluded and a file will be passed to the coroner. We really don't want to discuss this further. We want to find out why this happened and we would like to leave the police to get on with this.

"We would like to thank the owners of the campsite for their assistance and apologise to other campers on the site who were there to enjoy their bank holiday weekend.

"We would like to give special thanks to the first responders and paramedics who treated Isabelle at the campsite.

"Our thanks also go to Hampshire Constabulary. We thank them for the way they have treated us, being as open and honest as they can. We also appreciate their ongoing support and have no issues with their actions."

Mr Harris, 30, and Mrs Harris, 40, were arrested on suspicion of murder after the death.

But Hampshire Police said that a post-mortem examination had found there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of Isabelle and said it was a "tragic incident".

The death led to a sombre mood at the campsite, with many campers leaving early. Witnesses told of hearing screaming and a car horn repeatedly being sounded before paramedics and police arrived.


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