Dozens of Sheffield holidaymakers instruct lawyers after falling ill at Cornwall hotel

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More than 30 holidaymakers from Sheffield have instructed lawyers after falling seriously ill during a break at a hotel in Cornwall.

A coach trip of people from Sheffield and surrounding areas visited the Beresford Hotel in Newquay in February this year.

There was an outbreak of severe gastric illness among a large number of the group, who suffered with symptoms including diarrhoea, vomiting, headaches and fever.

The guests have also reported that other people who had stayed at the hotel were also suffering with similar symptoms.

More than 30 members of the group have instructed specialist illness lawyers from Irwin Mitchell.

One of the group, Louise Edwards, 45, from Meadowhead, suffered from diarrhoea, vomiting, stomach cramps and aching limbs during her stay. The self-employed contract cleaner had to take a week off work as her symptoms continued after her return home.

Louise said: “We were expecting a relaxing short-break in Newquay, but instead many of us on the trip contracted this illness which ruined our holiday. Some of us, including myself, had to take time off work when we got back home as the symptoms continued and we were in no fit state to work.

“Thankfully, I am now starting to feel better, but I hope the investigation will find out what caused the illness so that other guests don’t go through the same ordeal we did. We hope we will get the answers we deserve and find out what was responsible for the terrible symptoms we experienced.”

Amandeep Dhillon, an expert public health lawyer at Irwin Mitchell, said: “Reports of an illness outbreak of this kind amongst guests staying at a UK hotel are very concerning. It is vital that steps are taken to discover the cause of this outbreak and whether more could and should have been done to prevent it spreading to other guests.”

A spokesperson for Shearings Group, who own the Beresford Hotel, said: “We take matters of public health incredibly seriously and thankfully outbreaks like this are very rare.

“We took immediate remedial action to limit the impact and worked with colleagues in the local environmental health team throughout the incident.

“We regret the inconvenience caused to our customers at the hotel and continue to work hard to support those affected.”

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