DOZENS of candles burned brightly as people carried out a vigil in memory of a toddler after a murder investigation was launched after she suffered fatal injuries.

Flowers were laid on the ground outside the terraced house where Grace Thorpe was seriously injured on Tuesday morning.

The small seaside town of New Marske was in mourning tonight after the devastating news of the two-year-old's death spread around the close-knit community.

Tonight, dozens were lit to celebrate the youngster's short life.

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One neighbour said: "It is so heartbreaking to hear about her death - everyone in the street is still in shock. We just can't believe what haas happened."

Officers remain at the scene with police tape securing entry to the terraced house where emergency services were called at around 10am on Tuesday morning.

Grace was taken to the Royal Victoria Infirmary for treatment, where she died today.

Her family are being supported by specially trained officers.

Cleveland Police launched an investigation into the circumstances around how the girl came to be injured and a 26-year-old man was arrested in connection with the incident.

He remains in custody.