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Three suffer 'serious' drug side effects at festival

Three people suffered "serious side-effects" after taking a tablet they believed to be a class A drug at the V Festival in Weston Park, Staffordshire.

Staffordshire Police said: "Emergency teams have treated people this evening who took a blue tablet they believed to be ecstasy at V Festival in Weston Park. All had serious side-effects after taking the tablets and needed urgent medical treatment."

The tablets were known as "Blue Ghost" and police said they had already seized a small number of them.

It is believed the trio reported stomach problems, though none required hospital treatment.

A festival spokesman said: "We take these reports seriously and will do everything in our power to support the police in their investigations to ensure the festival continues to be a safe environment for everyone."

Festival offers condolences over woman who died

The organisers of a music festival where a woman died have expressed their condolences to her family.

BoomTown fair would like to express their sincerest condolences to the family of the young woman who was found unconscious on site but despite the efforts of all our staff involved she was later pronounced dead shortly after arriving at Winchester hospital. Our thoughts are with all her loved ones at this tragic time and the festival is doing all it can to assist those involved.

– BoomTown Fair

Police said her death at Matterley Estate, near Winchester, yesterday is not believed to be suspicious.

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Police confirm death at Hampshire festival

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Police confirm the death of a 31-year-old woman at the BoomTown Fair near Winchester Credit: ITV Meridian

Hampshire Police have confirmed a woman has died at a music festival.

The 31-year-old was found unconscious in a toilet block at BoomTown Fair, at Matterley Estate, near Winchester, just after lunchtime yesterday. Her death is not believed to be suspicious.

A police spokesperson said: 'At 1:50pm yesterday medical and security staff were called to a campsite toilet block at the BoomTown Fair site and found a woman unconscious inside.

'The woman, who is believed to be 31 years old, was taken to hospital in Winchester where she was pronounced dead shortly after arrival, despite best medical efforts to revive her.

'It is not believed to be suspicious and it is too early to speculate on cause of death and a post-mortem examination will be conducted in due course to help determine this.

'Police are providing support to her family including her husband who was at the festival with her.'

It is the second year in a row that a woman has died at the festival. Last year Ellie Rowe, 18, from Glastonbury in Somerset, died after taking the drug ketamine.

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Woman dies at BoomTown music festival reports say

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The BoomTown Fair site at Matterley Estate near Winchester Credit: ITV Meridian

A woman has died at the BoomTown fair at Matterley Estate, near Winchester, according to local media reports. The 31-year-old was found unconscious in a toilet block just after lunchtime yesterday. Her death is not believed to be suspicious.

Local media reports quote a police spokesperson confirming the death yesterday. It is the second year in a row that a woman has died at the festival. Last year Ellie Rowe, 18, from Glastonbury in Somerset, died after taking the drug ketamine.

Musical festival bosses urged not to sell 'hippy crack'

Musical festival bosses are being urged to ban 'hippy crack' from their events this summer because it can cause death.

The laughing gas, which is sold in balloons for around £2 per dose, is inhaled to make people feel euphoric and relaxed. But drug experts warn it can cause death on first time use.

Norman Baker MP is urges festivals not to allow the sale of laughing gas this summer. Credit: Press Association

Norman Baker, a Liberal Democrat MP, wrote in a letter to festival organisers: "Nitrous oxide can slow down both brain and body response and there is even a risk of death from a lack of oxygen especially if the substance is consumed in a small space or a substantial amount is rapidly used."

He added: "If you have not already done so, I also encourage you to consider a ban on the sale of this substance and where possible take measures to prevent it from being used within the festival site."

ATP Festival to end after winter finale

Pere Ubu perform at All Tomorrows Parties, I'll Be Your Mirror festival, curated by ATP
Pere Ubu perform at All Tomorrows Parties, I'll Be Your Mirror festival, curated by ATP Credit: BELLA ANN TOWNES/AAP/Press Association Images

Long-running music festival All Tomorrow's Parties is to end its popular seaside events featuring an array of indie acts and curated by cult figures.

The events at Camber Sands in East Sussex will come to a close later this year after organisers decided it was time to "move on".

ATP will stage two events later this year before finally bowing out.

The holiday camp festivals - based at Pontin's - have been a popular draw as artists such as Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and Simpsons creator Matt Groening have chosen line-ups over the years.

The finale will take place over on November 22-24 and November 29 to December 1.

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