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Man found dead in toilets at T in the Park festival

Revellers at this year's T in the Park festival. Credit: PA

A man has been found dead in a toilet at T in the Park festival in Scotland.

The 36-year-old was discovered this afternoon. The death is currently being treated as unexplained.

Police said: "We are currently with a medical incident on a campsite at T in the Park."

Colin Rodger, event manager for T in the Park, said of the death:

''We are extremely saddened by this news, and our thoughts are with the family at this time.

''We're doing everything possible to help emergency services with their inquiries.''

Artists including Sam Smith and Noel Gallagher will perform at this year's T in the Park which is Scotland's biggest music festival.

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Scottish island ferries suspended amid strikes

Two-thirds of ferry services off the western coast of Scotlans will be suspended today as the third day of a workers' strike kicks off in protest over a potential change in owner.

Publicly-owned CalMac ferries will run just a third of its Clyde and Hebrides services as staff voice concern over a tendering process they fear will see the routes taken over by private firm Serco.

Two-thirds of services will be suspended Credit: PA

Scottish ministers say European laws forbid them from favouring one bidder over another, but the RMT union members have demanded assurances over jobs and conditions.

CalMac managing director Martin Dorchester said the company would work to minimise disruption.

Our door continues to remain open to reach a satisfactory conclusion that suits all parties and avoids this unnecessary action.

Although it looks like this action will be limited in scope, it will undoubtedly still hit the communities we serve hard. It is not just an inconvenience at the start of the tourist season it will impact island businesses where it hurts most, in their pockets.

We will continue to work to mitigate as much as possible any disruption for the travelling public and I would like to apologise for any inconvenience and thank passengers for their patience during this time.

– Martin Dorchester, Cal Mac

Vitamin D deficiency 'not a factor in heart disease after all'

A lack of exposure to sunshine resulting in a vitamin D deficiency may not play a key role in heart disease and winter deaths after all, scientists have claimed.

A research team from the University of Dundee found that while low vitamin D levels did correlate with higher levels of cardiovascular disease, the cause was likely to be down to lifestyle and other risk factors.

Scientists found vitamin D levels played little to no role Credit: Reuters

When these elements were corrected for, vitamin D levels were found to play little or no role in the development of such diseases.

Researchers examined blood samples taken from thousands of men and women who agreed to have their risk factors measured after vitamin D was first linked with excess levels of winter disease in 1981.

We've known for many years that a low level of vitamin D is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, but it was not clear whether lack of vitamin D directly causes the increased risk or is a consequence of other factors.

The long-term Scottish Heart Health Study, which the British Heart Foundation helped to fund, has provided a series of valuable insights over the years and they have now shown that that low vitamin D is result of other risk factors, rather than a cause of increased risk.

– Prof Jeremy Pearson, British Heart Foundation
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