The death at the Royal Hotel in Morecambe sees police make a third arrest over suspected carbon monoxide poisoning

Three people have now been arrested by police after a 66-year-old man died at a Morecambe hotel last year in an incident which saw him have high levels of carbon monoxide in his blood.

A total of five people were rushed to hospital on Boxing Day last year after a suspected leak at the Royal Hotel in Marine Road Central, Morecambe. All were released on this occasion, but the police were alerted to a man who had died in hospital a month earlier.

An investigation has been opened following the Boxing Day incident. Police investigations established that in November 2021 a 66-year-old man died at the hotel. Tests showed the man, Graham Holden, had high levels of carbon monoxide in his blood.

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Last Thursday, two people suspected of manslaughter were arrested. They are a 41-year-old man from Morecambe and a 42-year-old man from Bolton le Sands. Last Friday (June 10), another 66-year-old man from Morecambe was arrested in connection with the investigation.

Two others were interviewed this week as part of the investigation – a 72-year-old man from the Morecambe area and a 50-year-old man from Morecambe.

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

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

You can also contact the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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