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Warning over 'powerful and dangerous' drugs after Kendal Calling death

Police have seized a number of drugs, including these tablets. Credit: Cumbria Police

"Do not risk your health by taking any drugs" - that's the warning from the Public Health department at Cumbria County Council, after a teenager died following believed substance abuse at Kendal Calling.

Four other people are in hospital, two of them in critical condition:

I’d like to reiterate the police’s advice, these are powerful and dangerous substances which are simply not safe. Do not risk your health by taking any drugs.

However, If you are to take drugs our advice is to consume as little as little as possible. Do not retake substances until you are confident that the effects have worn off. Also do not mix drugs with alcohol or other substances. Stay with friends and make sure you are with at least one sober person.

If you or someone you know complains of feeling unwell, please seek medical help.”

– Dr Jane Mathieson, Consultant from Cumbria County Council Public Health


Life-threatening injuries after Kirkstone Pass incident

The GNAAS at the scene of a different accident. Credit: GNAAS

The Great North Air Ambulance Service says it's transported two people to hospital with life-threatening injuries, after an incident on Kirkstone Pass.

At around 12pm today (31 July), two women in their seventies were thrown from a vehicle on the road near Troutbeck.

The team's doctor and paramedic treated them at the scene, before one of them was transported by road to hospital in Lancaster, and the other by air to hospital in Newcastle.

They're described as having critical/life-threatening injuries to the head, back, legs and chest, but as being stable, on arrival at hospital.

Ambleside businesses concerned over Premier Inn plans

An exhibition's begun to give people a say about plans for a controversial new hotel in Ambleside.

Developers have included plans for 40 homes in the scheme - many affordable - and say it'll boost the area's economy.

But some existing hotelliers and Bed and Breakfast owners are concerned about the idea of a Premier Inn being built in the village.

Nick Davenport, of Future Ambleside, believes the new hotel will affect the local economy:

"This massive hotel is going to suck something like 4 million ponds out of the local economy which would otherwise be spent and go round and round.

It's going to go to Whitbread shareholders.

They are going to sell 10 local occupancy houses which will sell for about 4 million pounds.

Local builders could use that and build far more local occupancy houses for the people who need them."

– Nick Davenport, Future Ambleside


Festival death teenager named

Police have named the 18-year-old who died. Credit: ITV Border

The teenager who died following believed substance abuse at Kendal Calling has been named.

Christian Pay, 18, from Millom, was taken to the Cumberland Infirmary with four other people who became ill at the music festival.

He died, three other men are in a serious but stable condition, and one woman is in a critical but stable condition.

A 20-year-old man from Manchester has been arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply.

Organisers 'deeply saddened' after Kendal Calling death

Kendal Calling. Credit: ITV Border

The organisers of Kendal Calling have released a statement, following the death of a teenager who was attending the festival.

We are deeply saddened that a male who attended Kendal Calling passed away at Carlisle Hospital this morning. Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and we are doing everything possible to support the police with their enquiries.”

– Kendal Calling

An 18-year-old man from Millom has died, following suspected substance abuse.

Four other people have been taken to the Cumberland Infirmary, and a 20-year-old man from Manchester has been arrested.

Police have detailed three tablets that could be connected to the death.

Three drugs 'could be connected' to Kendal Calling death

Police. Credit: PA

Police have released information about three drugs, which may be connected to the death of a man who was attending Kendal Calling.

  • A blue tablet with an Adidas logo.
  • A light green tablet with a white fleck.
  • A plain grey tablet with a white fleck.

They are asking people not to take any illegal drugs, and for anyone with information to contact them on 101.

An 18-year-old man from Millom has died, and four other people have been taken to the Cumberland Infirmary.

A 20-year-old man from Manchester has been arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply. He is currently being detained for questioning.

This is a very serious incident and people attending the festival need to be aware of the potential dangers of taking such illegal drugs. You cannot be sure of what the drug contains and therefore could cause fatal consequences. Please for your own safety do not take any illegal drugs.”

– Superintendent Justin Bibby
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