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Tributes paid to 'bright light' James Houghton who died at Leeds Festival

A popular teenage guitarist who was about to go to university has died after collapsing at the Leeds Festival.

James Houghton, 19, from Hartlepool, travelled to the event with friends.

Police are investigating the "unexplained death", which is not being treated as suspicious.

His mother Paula is a deputy head of year at Manor College of Technology, where her son was a pupil.

He was due to take a place at Manchester University.

The teenager was a keen guitarist who was involved with the Red Dreams charity which nurtures young talent.

Anne Malcolm, headteacher at Manor College, said the school extended its support to his family.

She told the Hartlepool Mail that the popular, intelligent teenager was one of the highest-performing pupils when he left in 2010 and said, "James was a bright light who will be greatly missed."

Police investigate 'unexplained death' at Leeds Festival

West Yorkshire Police are investigating the death of a 19-year-old man at Leeds Festival. officers were called to the on site medical facilities late on Sunday night after he collapsed elsewhere on the site. He was pronounced dead by paramedics at the scene.

Police say they are not treating his death as suspicious and the man's family have been informed.



Leeds festival arrest

A 35-year-old man has been arrested after allegedly being found with twelve stolen mobile phones, watches, jewellery, a handbag, a purse and a wallet at Leeds Festival. Suspected Class A and Class B drugs were also seized by officers.

The man was taken to Stainbeck Police Station for questioning on suspicion of Theft, Possession of Drugs and offences under the Proceeds of Crime Act. He currently remains in custody and enquiries are ongoing.

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Festival goers report 'barbaric conditions' at Leeds

Festival goers have been reporting alarming conditions at Reading and Leeds music festivals. Writing on the official Leeds Festival page, several ticket holders complained that the facilities were not coping with the weather.

The event organisers make enough money to provide some decent sanitation as well. The toilet situation is barbaric, heck just a roof would help. Just saying.

– Jason Parker

Some woodchip to soak up the mud would have been a huge help...conditions were pretty treacherous especially in the dark and then the car got stuck in the mud too so bit of a problem getting out, saying that the stewards were a fantastic help. All made worth by an incredible set by Green Day. Have fun if you're going today.

– Caroline Mitchell

Left Leeds last night after I was told by medical and welfare staff that there was nothing they could do to help me, despite being on crutches, because of the weather.

– Vicky Parsons
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