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Further tests to be carried out

Northamptonshire Police has released a statement after toxicology tests were carried out on the body of a teenager who died at Reading Festival this year. They found she had taken no illegal substances before her death.

Esme Blore-Rimmer, from Stevington, Bedfordshire, died at Northampton General Hospital on 26th August 2013, prompting a joint inquiry by Thames Valley and Northamptonshire police forces.

Northamptonshire Police said further tests and histology reports had been ordered after a post-mortem examination proved inconclusive. An inquest into Esme's death was opened and adjourned in September this year.


Teenager dies after attending Reading Festival

The death of a teenage girl is being investigated after it's believed she fell ill at the Reading Festival.

It's reported Thames Valley Police are working with their counterparts in Bedford where 17- year-old Esme Blore lived.

It's believed she became ill on Saturday and was taken to hospital for treatment and then was discharged.

Her death is being treated as 'unexplained.'

Reading Festival fans prepare to pack up and head home

Festival goers sunbathe during day three of the Reading Festival Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Better weather should make packing up an easier task as thousands of festival goers head home after the Reading Festival 2013. Here are some of the highlights from three days of top music.

Neyla Pekarek (left) and Wesley Schultz of The Lumineers performing on the Main Stage, during day three of the Reading Festival Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Charlotte Aitchison, who performs as Charli XCX Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Getting the festival experience licked. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Reading Festival has 95,000 music fans rocking

Tom Smith of The Editors performing on the main Stage, during day three of the Reading Festival Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Reading and Leeds festival organiser Melvin Benn has said the annual event has gone extremely well at both sites but refused to be drawn on who music fans could expect to see next year.

A man stands barefoot as he queues for food during day three of the Reading Festival. Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Mr Benn said there had been no major incidents or problems with this year's three-day event in which the music "has been going down phenomenally well"

The crowd watch Hadouken! performing on the main Stage Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Headliners Biffy Clyro, Green Day and Eminem were given a rapturous reception by revellers at the sister festivals and the wheels are already in motion for next year's line-up.

Tickets go on sale for 2014 on Tuesday, but Mr Benn said he was unable to give any hints on bands would be appearing.


Festival goers targeted by thieves

Festival goers brave the rain at the Reading Festival Credit: Pa

It has been a very wet festival at Reading but there has been than the rain to contend with.

Police have now made 51 arrests and festival goers have reported having valuables stolen from their tents and also had their wristbands stolen by thieves.

Enjoying the music but festival goers are warned to beware of thieves Credit: Pa

The total number of crimes reported to police now stands at 101. Officers have been carrying out high-visibility patrols within the site and surrounding areas and at the same time there are undercover officers operating around the festival to identify and arrest criminals.

20 arrests at Reading Festival

Since the festival site opened on Wednesday, there has been a total of 26 offences and 20 arrests made.

The offences include:

  • 11 thefts from tents
  • one theft from person
  • ten drug offences
  • one public order offence
  • one theft from vehicle
  • one offence of voyeurism
  • one of possession of an article with point or blade

Thames Valley Police are reminding campers to follow the crime prevention advice on their website to help avoid items being stolen from their tent.

Eleven arrests at Reading Festival

The three-day Reading Festival begins today. Thousands of music fans are on their way to the site - with many having already arrived and set up camp. Among the acts featuring are Eminem and Green Day.

Thames Valley Police have said they made eleven arrests at the site on Thursday 22nd August 2013 - Eight over thefts from tents and three over thefts from people. The force has issued crime prevention advice for those travelling to the event - click here to see their tips.

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