18-year-old dies from deadly pills at festival
He was taken to hospital but passed away this morning
Police have issued a drugs warning for deadly pills after an 18-year-old man died at a festival.
Early investigations indicate three possible drugs could be connected with the death, 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.
Five ambulances attended the Kendal Calling festival at Penrith, in Cumbria, early this morning. Five patients were taken to the Cumberland Infirmary.
Police were contacted by staff at the hospital at seven this morning following worries over a man who was in a critical condition. He later died.
Cumbria Police said an investigation was under way into the circumstances surrounding the man’s death.
The death comes after Cambridgeshire police issued a warning after Secret Garden Party festival, where an unknown substance hospitalised 10. They also seized £5,000 of ecstasy pills.
Earlier this year, Six revelers were taken ill at Medicine Bar in Middlesborough after they took triple strength MDMA. The drug came as an orange pill with UPS marked on it.
There have been serious drug related casualties requiring hospital treatment. Please take extra care – illegal drugs have unknown contents
— Kendal Calling (@KendalCalling) July 31, 2015
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.”
The festival organisers are also advising caution when dealing with 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.”
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 call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.