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Music fan missing from Boomtown Fair

Officers are searching for Joshua Charters Credit: West Mercia Police

Police are appealing for help to find Joshua Charters, 24 years old, from Worcester who was last seen at the Boomtown Fair.

He was last seen at around 2.30am on Monday 15, but did not return to his tent that night and has not been seen since.

Joshua, described as medium build and around 6ft tall, was wearing a white or pale blue T-shirt, a black Superdry raincoat with Orange stitching, dark jeans and black and Orange Adidas running trainers

He is not believed to have any links to the Winchester area, but police are growing increasingly concerned that he has not been in contact with friends or family since the festival ended on Monday night.

Car owners find out if their cars have been destroyed in fire

Car owners have been finding out today whether their vehicle was one of the 85 destroyed in a huge fire at a music festival near Winchester. An investigation is under way into how the fire started yesterday afternoon at the Boomtown Fair. The cars were completly destroyed but there were no injuries. Richard Slee reports

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Pictures show 'vehicle graveyard' after Boomtown blaze

Rows upon rows of charred vehicle remains Credit: Alresford Fire Station

Dramatic pictures show the "vehicle graveyard" after the huge blaze swept through the carpark at Boomtown festival.

At least 80 vehicles were caught up in the inferno and a nearby campsite was evacuated.

The music event, which can host up to 50,000 people, is taking place in Winchester this weekend.

No festival performances have been affected by the incident and the weekend events are continuing as planned.

– BOOMTOWN FESTIVAL ORGANISERS
The burned out vehicles Credit: Hazardous Area Response Team

At least 80 cars destroyed in fire at music festival

Credit: Togun Raby

At least 80 cars have been destroyed in a fire at Boomtown Fair music festival at the Matterley Bowl near Winchester.

Emergency services were called at 4:15pm Friday to a multiple car fire at the west car park.

Crews had to work to contain the area and they evacuated a neighbouring campsite as a precaution. The fire was brought under control just before 6pm.

No one has been reported as injured.

Police have since been working collaboratively with HFRS to ascertain the cause of the fire.The investigation is currently ongoing.

Boomtown fire: Statement from the organisers

A fire was reported by a member of the BoomTown Fair security team at 16.16 on Friday 12th August in the West car park of the festival. All car parks are located outside of the festival.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, were immediately called to attend to the incident.

BoomTown’ Fair immediately mobilised its onsite fire teams, security and all available staff to the scene.

Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service, Hazardous Area Response Team (HART) and Hampshire Police, together with the Boomtown Fair staff contained the incident and the fire has now been extinguished. Hampshire fire and Rescue remain onsite to monitor the affected area. No injuries have been reported.

Areas close to the fire within the festival were evacuated as precaution. All of these areas have been assessed and have been reinstated for public access. The West Car Park will remain closed until the investigations by the fire and police services have been concluded.

At this stage no cause of the fire has been established.

Boomtown Fair event management team are working to identify and support all festival goers whose cars may have been affected.

No festival performances have been affected by the incident and the weekend events are continuing as planned.

– Boomtown Festival organisers

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