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Teenager dies at Boomtown Fair
10:34am Saturday 10th August 2013 in Winchester
A TEENAGER has died at one of Hampshire’s biggest music festivals.
The 18-year-old woman died after being taken ill at the Boomtown Fair on the Matterley Estate near Winchester.
Last night an investigation into her death was under way. A link with drugs is one line of inquiry the police are pursuing.
The woman, who has not been named, is the second person to die in three years at the Boomtown Fair after a 45-year-old woman died from an Ecstacy overdose there in 2011.
The teenager was taken ill at 10pm on Thursday, the first night of the event.
The festival's control team and on-site ambulances were initially called to give her medical attention and she was later taken to the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester by paramedics where she was pronounced dead on arrival.
A police spokeswoman said the death was not being treated as suspicious and said the woman's next of kin and the coroner had been informed.
She added: “Hampshire Constabulary is working with Boomtown Fair organisers to establish the circumstances around the death.”
Up to 30,000 people are expected to flock to the four-day festival which describes itself as “the UK's maddest city”.
More than 300 acts will take to the stage before the sell-out show climaxes tomorrow.
The event features the best in ska, dub, reggae and other bass heavy beats with headliners including Arrested Development, Damian Marley, Lee Scratch Perry and Gentleman's Dub Club.
Organisers were already under scrutiny after last year's event breached licensing conditions and they only narrowly avoided being prosecuted by Winchester City Council.
There were more than 70 complaints about noise pollution in connection with the 2012 event.
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