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Woman who died at Bestival identified as daughter of actor John Michie

Louella Michie had been attending the Bestival music festival in Dorset Credit: PA

The body of a young woman found dead at the Bestival music festival has been identified as that of the 25-year-old daughter of former Coronation Street star John Michie.

A 28-year-old man from London has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of Louella Michie at the Dorset music festival in the early hours of Monday.

In a statement, Michie's agent said: "Sadly, I can confirm the tragic death of John Michie's daughter Louella at Bestival.

"John and his wife Carol ask that the privacy of their family be respected at this traumatic time."

Police at the four-day music festival were alerted just before 1am on Monday to concerns for the welfare of Miss Michie, from London.

Following a search, her body was discovered in a wooded area on the edge of the site in Lulworth, Dorset.

Louella Michie had been attending the Bestival music festival in Dorset

Dorset Police said a 28-year-old man had been arrested "to enable officers to conduct an interview under caution to help establish the full circumstances".

Detective Chief Inspector Sarah Derbyshire said: "Following the discovery of the woman's body we have now launched an investigation into her death.

"We have specially trained officers supporting her family at this very difficult time.

"Inquiries are now under way to establish how she died. A post-mortem examination will be carried out in due course and this should give us more of an indication as to the cause of her death.

"We are working closely with the festival organisers and I would appeal to anyone with any information about the incident to contact Dorset Police."

In a statement, Bestival said: "Following today's news announcement, the team at Bestival are devastated to hear about this tragic news.

"We continue to support the police in their ongoing investigation and our thoughts and prayers are with all the woman's family and friends."

Festival founder Rob da Bank tweeted a link to the statement, which was posted on the festival's Facebook page.

The DJ and his wife Josie organise the festival, which took place for the first time on the Lulworth Estate in Dorset this year.

John Michie and his wife have asked for privacy. Credit: PA

Michie, 66, played Karl Munro in Coronation Street from 2011 to 2013, having starred as Detective Inspector Robbie Ross in drama series Taggart from 1998 to 2010.

He currently plays neurosurgeon Guy Self in BBC medical drama Holby City.

He has two other children, Daisy and Sam.