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Teen festival death: Friends pay tribute to Lewis Haunch

Friends pay tribute to Lewis, affectionately known to them as 'Podge' Credit: MEN Syndication

Friends of Lewis Haunch, the 17-year-old who died 'immediately after taking drugs' at Leeds Festival on Saturday afternoon, have paid tribute to him at a vigil at Pennington Flash country park in Leigh, In his memory his friends spelled out his nickname – Podge – in candles and released balloons into the air.

Photographs and tributes continued to pour in on social media.

Schoolfriend Alex Leadbetter wrote on Facebook:

Gutted is an understatement mate! Can't believe you've gone! Was my first proper best mate when times were shit and you was there for me! Can't thank you enough for what you did, too young! Love you pal! R.I.P Lewis Haunch.

– Alex Leadbetter

Another schoolfriend, Cory Wilcock, commented underneath:

[It] Wasn't a good graphics lesson without Podge having a do with Mr Carter ?❤️

– Cory Wilcock


Pictured: Lewis Haunch, 17, died 'after taking drugs', say cops

Lewis Haunch, 17, is believed to have 'collapsed immediately after taking drugs', according to police Credit: Facebook/Lewis Haunch

Friends of the young man from Leigh in Wigan who died at Leeds Festival on Saturday have been paying tribute to him on social media.

Lewis Haunch, 17, is believed to have 'collapsed immediately after taking drugs', according to police.

among the tributes, Joe Heaton wrote on Facebook:

Just in absolute shock and speechless and can't stop crying. My cousin Lewis died last night far too young. At just 17 years old, he was taken far too early from us all. What a kind, innocent young man who would never cause any harm to anybody. Let his memory live on. RIP.

– Joe Heaton

Absolutely devastated that my cousin, one of the most harmless, nicest lads I know, has been taken. Can't begin to describe the feeling. RIP Lewis, everyone is gonna miss you pal.

– Charlie Heaton
Lewis Haunch, 17, died 'after taking drugs', say cops Credit: Facebook/Lewis Haunch

Doesn't even feel real, even right now, writing this status, I'm hoping someone will turn around and say it's a mistake.

This morning my life changed forever. Finding out that my best friend has passed away has to be one of the hardest, if not the hardest, things I've ever had to deal with.

Words can't describe how much I'm missing you already and the hurt I'm experiencing trying to take it all in. Couldn't ask for a better best friend and I'm just devastated it got cut too short. Nobody will ever replace you, I hope you look down on me and your other friends and be proud. Took way too early and you'll be missed by so many. Don't know how I'm going to cope but I'll stay strong for you. I love you lots Lewis. Hope nobody ever has to go through something like this.

– Erica Mcguinness

Many of Lewis's friends changed their cover pictures to the name "Podge" and a heart made from tea light candles.

Two 17-year-old males are in custody after being arrested in the Greater Manchester area on suspicion of drugs offences.

Police said that he collapsed immediately after taking drugs.

Leeds Festival’s Police Commander, Chief Superintendent Keith Gilert said:

Our thoughts are naturally with the family of the young man at this time.

They were made aware of the incident by officers as soon as possible and were assisted to attend the hospital as quickly as possible. We will continue to support them through this difficult time.

We are currently investigating the death and how he obtained the substance he took. Two males, aged 17, have been arrested in the Greater Manchester area on suspicion of drugs offences and are currently in custody.

At this time the indications are that the man consumed drugs immediately before before he collapsed. A report will be sent to the Coroner in due course.

I would though like to take this opportunity to remind anyone attending the Festival that there is no safe way to take drugs.

– Chief Superintendent Keith Gilert


Man dies after attack outside chip shop in Leigh

A man has died after being attacked outside a chip shop in Leigh. He was taken to hospital but succumbed to his injuries. Police are now appealing for witnesses.

Detectives say the man was not presenting a threat to anyone at the time of the violent attack shortly after 11.30pm last night.

Several males are sought in respect of this attack and anyone witnessing the events leading up to, during or after the attack are asked to make contact with police as soon as possible.

– Greater Manchester Police
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