Toddler, 1, dies after being found unconscious in paddling pool

A toddler has been found dead in a paddling pool on the hottest day of the year.

The one-year-old boy was found unresponsive at an address in Somercotes, Derbyshire, at around 1.30pm on Wednesday, police said.

Crews from East Midlands Ambulance Service, as well as the Air Ambulance, were called to the scene.

The youngster was taken to the Royal Derby Hospital but died despite the best efforts of medical staff.

In a statement, the force said: ‘Officers were called to reports that a 23-month-old boy had been found unresponsive in a paddling pool in Nottingham Road, Somercotes at around 1.30pm on June 2.

‘The boy was taken to the Royal Derby Hospital, however, despite the best efforts of staff he sadly passed away.

‘Our thoughts are with his family at this most difficult of times.’