Third arrest of 66-year-old after suspected carbon monoxide death at Morecambe hotel

Detectives investigating a suspected carbon monoxide leak at a Morecambe hotel have now arrested a third man as part of their enquiries.

By Michelle Blade
Friday, 17th June 2022, 10:02 am
Updated Tuesday, 21st June 2022, 10:15 am

An investigation was launched following an incident on Boxing Day last year where five people were taken to hospital following the suspected gas leak at the Royal Hotel, Marine Road Central, Morecambe.

All those affected on that occasion were discharged but police enquiries established that in November last year a 66-year-old man had died at the hotel. Tests showed Graham Holden had a high level of carbon monoxide in his blood.

On Thursday June 9 two people were arrested on suspicion of manslaughter. They are a 41-year-old man from Morecambe, a 42-year-old man from Bolton le Sands

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Detectives have now arrested a third man following a suspected carbon monoxide death at a Morecambe hotel.

On Friday June 10 a further 66 year old man from Morecambe was arrested in connection with this investigation.

Last week two further people were interviewed in connection with this inquiry - a 72-year-old man from Morecambe area and a 50 year old man from Morecambe.

ITV reported that a spokesman from the hotel, which is under new management, said: "We took ownership of the property last month.

"We are aware of the situation with the previous owners and would like to state that procedures are in place to ensure the safety of all customers.

"Ours thought are with the family of Graham Holden at this difficult time."

Lancaster City Council who did a joint investigation with police and the HSE into the incident on Boxing Day declined to comment due to the ongoing police investigation.

The HSE (Health and Safety Executive) have been approached for comment.

DI Dylan Hrynkow, of West CID, said: “This is an incredibly complex and sensitive investigation and I would ask for patience while we establish the full circumstances of what has occurred. However, my thoughts are very much with the loved ones of the deceased at this time.”

The police investigation into the cause of the suspected carbon monoxide poisoning is continuing and anyone with information is asked to contact 101 quoting log reference 0353 of December 26.

Alternatively contact independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.