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Three more taken ill at music festival after teen dies

Police urged people not to take drugs at the festival. Credit: PA

Three more people have become seriously ill after being sold rogue drugs at a music festival, just a day after a teenager died.

Christian Pay, 18, died following "substance abuse" at Kendal Calling music festival in the Lake District, Cumbria.

Since his death seven people have been treated in hospital, including a 29-year-old man who remains in a critical state and four people who are in "serious but stable" conditions.

Police urged people not to take drugs at the festival because of the safety risks. . Four people arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply have been released on bail.


Police to start using drug-drive testing kits on roadside

The 'drugalyser' kits are the first to detect cannabis and cocaine. Credit: PA

The first mobile drug-testing kit has been approved by the government as part of a crackdown on drug driving.

Called Drugwipe, it is the first portable device that can detect the presence of cannabis and cocaine, two of the most common substances used by drug drivers, by analysing a small quantity of saliva.

Results are indicated by the appearance of lines on the device - similar to a pregnancy test - within eight minutes.

Following a positive reading, the police will take the individual to the police station for a blood sample, which will be used in any subsequent prosecution.

The penalty under the new drug offence will be 12 months disqualification, a fine up to £5,000 and up to six months in prison or both.

Policing minister 'We'll drive drugs menace off the road'

Policing minister 'We'll drive drugs menace off the road'. Credit: PA

The policing minister has said new plans to test drivers for drugs will "drive this menace off the road".

This is something that has plagued society for far too long.

People will have exactly the same view of drug-driving as they do of drink-driving: it is an abhorrent thing to do.

Not only do you put your own life at risk, but you put innocent people's lives at risk.

We will drive this menace off the road.

– Policing minister Mike Penning
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