Live updates

Three men charged in connection with Kendal Calling drug death

Credit: ITV Border

Three men have been charged with drugs offences that connects to a death at the 2015 Kendal Calling festival.

Michael Mountfort, aged 42, of Oak Drive, Denton, Manchester, was charged with conspiracy to supply a Class A controlled drug.

Luke Nathan Fraser, aged 21, Oakfield Grove, Manchester, was charged with conspiracy to supply a Class A controlled drug and supplying a Class B controlled drug.

Simon Chapman, aged 21, of Race Grove, Millom, was charged with conspiracy to supply a Class A controlled drug.

Christian Pay, aged 18, from Millom, who died on the 31 July 2015 Credit: Cumbria Police

The three men were arrested as part of an investigation into the death of Christian Pay, aged 18, from Millom, who died on the 31st July 2015.

All three are expected to appear before North Cumbria Magistrates Court on Tuesday 9 February.

Advertisement

WATCH: Jordan Blackburn interview

Jordan Blackburn was placed in a coma after falling ill when he took drugs at the Kendal Calling music festival.

His friend, 18-year old, Christian Pay died after taking the same substance.

On Friday Jordan released a picture of himself in hospital as a warning to others.

He feels he has a second chance at life and wants other young people to understand the dangers of what they could be taking.

Rob Smith has this report.

Advertisement

"Think about your loved ones"

A man from Cumbria who had to be put into an induced coma after taking drugs at the Kendal Calling festival is urging others to think of the effects on their family before taking drugs themselves.

Jordan Blackburn, a 19-year-old from Haverigg, hopes his own brush with death can act as a stark warning to others.

His friend Christian Pay from Millom died in hospital after taking drugs at the same event..

Kendal Calling coma photo to raise drugs awareness

Jordan has released this picture to raise awareness Credit: Jordan Blackburn

A man from Cumbria has released a photograph on Facebook of himself in an induced coma after taking drugs at Kendal Calling.

The 19-year-old from Haverigg hopes that by releasing the picture he will warn others against the dangers of substance abuse.

Jordan was one of four friends taken to Cumberland Infirmary after it's believed they took drugs at the music festival.

His friend Christian Pay from Millom died in hospital.

Christian Pay died in hospital Credit: Cumbria Police

Four still in hospital after Kendal Calling

Four people are still in hospital. Credit: ITV Border

Four people are still in a serious but stable condition in hospital, after believed drug taking at Kendal Calling.

Over the course of the music festival nine people were admitted to the Cumberland Infirmary after suspected substance abuse, including 18-year-old Christian Pay, who later died.

Four of them are still being treated:

  • A 20 year old woman from Lancaster
  • A 19 year old male from Millom
  • A 29 year old woman from Bolton
  • A 29 year old man from Manchester

Police opened a criminal investigation, and four people were arrested.

They are continuing to investigate, but say the multi-agency response team that was set up to respond to the incident has been stood down.

Our thoughts remain at this time with the family and friends of Christian Pay.

Christian’s death, along with the number of people admitted to hospital, underlines the dangers of taking drugs. Our advice will always remain that you should not take any drug as you cannot be sure what it contains and the effect it will have on you.

The criminal investigation into the circumstances surrounding Christian’s death is ongoing and I would appeal for anyone with any information to get in touch with police.

Kendal Calling is a privately organised festival which saw approximately 25,000 people attend. The majority of them enjoyed the event safely.”

– Superintendent Justin Bibby
Load more updates