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Mum held after children killed in Spanish hotel

A woman was being questioned by police today after her two children were found dead in a Spanish hotel room.

The five-year-old girl and her one-year-old brother were found in a room in the Hotel Miramar in the resort of Lloret de Mar on the Costa Brava yesterday afternoon.

The woman phoned reception shortly before 2pm and emergency services were called but efforts to save the youngsters failed, according to the website of Spanish newspaper El Mundo.


Police said the British woman was on holiday with her children.

A spokesman said: "The mother will be held in police custody overnight and officers will continue to question her"

Sources close to the investigation told El Mundo police believe the youngsters were suffocated because their bodies showed no external signs of injury.

The results of post-mortem examinations are expected today or tomorrow.

After her arrest the woman was taken to her hotel room by police and an investigating judge to help them reconstruct events leading up to the children's deaths, El Mundo reported.

She was then transferred to a police station at Blanes, near Lloret de Mar, for questioning.

A Girona Police spokesman said: "At around 3.53pm, the mossos de la comissaria de Blanes (local police) received a note from the local police of Lloret de Mar that the bodies of two minors had been found at a hotel.

"When the officers arrived at the scene they found two children inside a room at a hotel. Girona Police are investigating the death of the two children.

"The police have detained the mother of the minors to find out what happened."

A Foreign Office spokeswoman said consular staff were in contact with the police.

She said: "We can confirm that we will be providing consular assistance to a British national."

Lloret de Mar is a popular destination for British holidaymakers.

While the nightlife attracts an 18 to 30s crowd, the resort is also popular with families.

The four-star hotel is on the seafront in the former fishing village, near a large number of bars and restaurants.

The family-friendly beach hotel, which has 54 rooms, is around 45 miles from Barcelona near the Cap de Creus Natural Park and a water park.

On travel websites it is said to offer 'all comforts and a high quality service to anyone looking for a beach holiday in Costa Brava'.