Man dies and four in hospital after suspected drug abuse at Kendal Calling

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A man has died and four other people have been taken ill following believed substance abuse at the Kendal Calling Festival.

Police were contacted by staff at the Cumberland Infirmary at 6.58am on July 31 following concerns surrounding a man who had arrived in a critical condition.

Police can confirm that the man, an 18-year-old from Millom, has been pronounced dead.

An eyewitness said: “It happened right by us. There was a girl arguing with her boyfriend most of the night.

“We woke up about 6.30am and heard a guy running over shouting ‘she has had a seizure’.

“Everyone was laughing thinking he was joking. Then he said one of the guy’s wouldn’t wake up.

“Then we saw St John’s Ambulance at the tent and the girl was put on a stretcher and they took her away.

“I’m shocked that someone has died so close to us.

“We also noticed there is a lot of young kids around and we were thinking ‘how old are they’?

“I’d be worried if I was their parent.”

Early investigations indicate that three possible drugs could be connected with the incident, they are:

·A blue tablet with an Adidas logo.

·A light green tablet with a white fleck.

·A plain grey tablet with a white fleck.

A multi-agency response group has been set up and the advice is that for your own safety not to take any illegal drugs.

Superintendent Justin Bibby said:“This is a very serious incident and people attending the festival need to be aware of the potential dangers of taking such illegal drugs.

“You cannot be sure of what the drug contains and therefore could cause fatal consequences. Please for your own safety do not take any illegal drugs.”

A spokesperson from Kendal Calling said:“We are deeply saddened that a male who attended Kendal Calling passed away at Carlisle Hospital this morning.

“Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and we are doing everything possible to support the police with their enquiries.”

A further four people have been admitted to the Cumberland Infirmary.

A 29 year old woman from Bolton is in a critical but stable condition.

The other three people, all men, are described as being in a serious but stable condition.

Police have arrested a 20-year-old man suspicion of possession with intent to supply. He is currently being detained for questioning.

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Cumbria Police on 101 or alternatively you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.