Cumbria

Poppi Worthington death: No further action against pair

A man and woman arrested after the death of a 13-month-old girl will not face further action, police say.

Poppi Iris Worthington, of Barrow-in-Furness, Cumbria, died in December 2012. Her father, Paul, 46, and a 30-year-old woman were arrested.

An inquest in October 2014 ruled the cause of death could not be ascertained and their bail was cancelled.

The initial police investigation is being examined by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC).

Cumbria Police said an officer who was suspended has since retired.

A spokesman added the force "continues to engage with and await the outcome of the IPCC investigation".

Fresh inquest

In January, police said a file had been passed to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) for it to consider whether to bring criminal proceedings.

The same month, senior coroner David Roberts confirmed he would ask the Attorney General for a fresh inquest into the youngster's death.

That came after lawyers for several media groups wrote to Mr Roberts to argue the first hearing was "insufficient" and therefore "unlawful".

Ian Smith, the original coroner who has now retired, took seven minutes to declare Poppi's death as unexplained.

Many details of the case have not been made public as a result of reporting restrictions.

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