Festivals

TWO TEENAGERS DIED AT UK FESTIVALS OVER THE WEEKEND

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Two teenagers have died at festivals in the UK over the bank holiday.

Creamfields and Leeds Festival, which both took place in the North of England, are two of the UK’s biggest festivals, with 70,000 attendees per day and 90,000 across the weekend respectively.

A 19-year-old male from Warrington was spotted looking unwell by security at around 12:15AM on Saturday at Creamfields. After initial assessment from a doctor on site, the teenager was rushed to Warrington district general hospital, where he later died.

A Creamfields spokesperson added: “We are deeply saddened to hear of this tragic accident. We send our deepest condolences to his loved ones and we continue to work closely with the authorities”.

The second teenager, a 17-year-old girl from Oldham in Manchester, died shortly after 3:40AM on Sunday morning following a suspected drugs overdose. A 17-year-old boy who is also from Oldham was arrested on suspicion of supplying the drugs and remains in custody.

Melvin Benn, from Leeds organisers Festival Republic, said: “To say we are deeply saddened about this tragedy is an understatement. West Yorkshire Police have taken action against those that may have supplied the drugs, and we will continue to work with them as usual”.

Police issued drugs warnings surrounding super-strength ecstasy in circulation at Leeds festival, with Donkey Kong, Trump and Skype shaped pills found to contain up to 3 times the normal adult dose of ecstasy.

Read DJ Mag’s feature with The Loop, a harm reduction organisation saving lives at UK festivals.

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