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Man's Glastonbury death 'not considered suspicious'

The death of a man who was taken ill at Glastonbury Festival following a suspected reaction to ketamine is not being treated as suspicious, police have said.

A general view at night-time of the Glastonbury Festival. Credit: Matt Crossick/PA Wire

A spokesman for Avon & Somerset Police said, "At this stage we believe this was an individual reaction to ketamine and was not from a bad batch of the drug."

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26-year-old man dies at Glastonbury 'after drug reaction'

A festival-goer has died after suffering a suspected reaction to ketamine at Glastonbury.

The 26-year-old man, from Berkshire, died this morning as the first official day of music got under way at Worthy Farm in Somerset.

He was taken to Bristol Royal Infirmary in a "life-threatening condition" on Wednesday.

Avon and Somerset Police tweeted: "Unfortunately the man taken ill after a suspected reaction to ketamine has died this morning.

"His family are aware and being supported."

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Man dies 'after taking ketamine' at Glastonbury

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Glastonbury: Heavy rain 'means wellies required'

Frequent showers are expected on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Archive

Glastonbury revellers are being warned to bring wellies with forecasters expecting dry weather today and tomorrow to be followed by heavy showers across the weekend.

The recent fine spell is set to break and the predicted rain could turn the festival into a mud bath as thousands of revellers tread the site.

John Griffiths, a forecaster with Meteogroup, said: "If it was just a few showers the hard ground would make it drain off. But after three days worth of rain it will probably get quite muddy, I suspect."

Mr Griffiths said today and tomorrow will be cloudy with sunny intervals and temperatures of around 20C (68F), while at night it will drop to around 10C or 11C (50F or 51.8F).

But showery rain on Friday is expected to preclude frequent outbursts of rain throughout Saturday and Sunday.

Metallica confirmed as Glastonbury headline act

The organisers of Glastonbury have confirmed Metallica as the final headline act of this year's festival. The metal band top the bill alongside Kasabian and Arcade fire and will play the Pyramid stage on the Saturday night of the weekend.

Singer and guitarist of the band Metallica James Hetfield and bass player Robert trujillo

Metallica have sold more than 100 million albums around the world and were formed by James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich in 1981,

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Kasabian and Pixies among names to play Glastonbury

Kasabian, Jack White, Pixies and Robert Plant are among the major acts that will play this summer's Glastonbury Festival, organisers have announced.

Elbow, The Black Keys, Bryan Ferry and Massive Attack are among the other newly announced stars for the huge music bash which is being staged over the weekend of June 27 to 29.

The Glastonbury Festival will run over the weekend of June 27 and 29. Credit: Press Association

They join previously announced names such as Arcade Fire, Blondie, Lily Allen and Dolly Parton at the rural Somerset event put together by farmer Michael Eavis and his daughter Emily.

Other draws include Interpol, London Grammar, Wilko Johnson, De La Soul and Goldfrapp, with Jake Bugg, Lana Del Rey and Mercury Prize-winner James Blake also on the bill.

Organisers named many of the acts on a poster placed online today and claim there will be more than 100 stages scattered across the site at Worthy Farm, Pilton.

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Crime figures down at Glastonbury

Crime down by 25% at this year's Festival Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Crime at this year's Glastonbury Festival is down by 25% compared with 2011 and 2010.

There have been 296 crimes reported, that's 98 fewer than the last festival .

Thefts fell by almost 35% with 137 offences – 120 of which were thefts from tents and were 32% lower than in previous years.

Police at Worthy Farm report there has been no serious crime and just one attempted robbery. There have been 92 instances of drugs possession offences which is broadly similar to previous years.There have been 170 arrests – including 15 people who were arrested on suspicion of theft from tents.

Baby girl born at Glastonbury festival

The mum-to-be went into labour on Saturday night Credit: PA

A festival goer has given birth to a baby girl at the Glastonbury festival, according to reports.

The new baby is believed to have arrived in the early hours of Sunday at the on-site Ivy Mead medical centre.

The parents, reported as Heidi Wesson and Sean Crothers, were helped by medical staff.

Heidi reportedly went into labour as the Rolling Stones were making their Glastonbury debut on Saturday night.

It is believed the couple have settled on the name Ivy, after the medical centre where she was born.

According to the Daily Mail, a spokesman for Glastonbury said: "We'd like to send our congratulations to the family. We look forward to welcoming them back in future years.

"We've had babies born here that are now grown-ups. They still come every year. That's a beautiful thing."

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