More taken ill amid Kendal Calling drug warnings

Another person has fallen seriously ill after taking drugs at a music festival where a teenager died, police have said.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 3rd August 2015, 9:07 am
A green pill seized from the Kendal Calling music festival

Christian Pay, 18, from Millom in Cumbria, died at Cumberland Infirmary following “substance abuse” at Kendal Calling music festival in the Lake District.

Police confirmed that a 20-year-old woman from Lancaster, who attended the festival, was in a “serious but stable” condition in hospital with “adverse effects from drugs”.

Chief Inspector Mairi Stamper said: “Despite strong warnings being issued about the risks associated with taking drugs, there are still some people risking their health by taking substances at the event.

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“There are numerous types of drugs that we believe may be in circulation, we have recently been advised of an orange powder/crystals.

“However we cannot say with any certainty which drugs are causing the issues, therefore in order for people to stay safe it is important that people take notice of the safety advice that is being given and that people do not take drugs of any kind, pills or powder, at Kendal Calling.”

Police said there had been an improvement in the three people who were in the Cumberland Infirmary on Saturday evening.

A 29-year-old man from Manchester was in a serious but stable.

A 34-year-old man from Manchester has been discharged.

An 18-year-old man from Carlisle has been discharged.

The two people who were admitted on Friday to the Cumberland Infirmary remained in hospital yesterday.

A 19-year-old man from Millom was in a serious but stable condition.

A 29-year-old woman from Bolton was in a serious but stable condition.

The festival finished on Sunday.