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Post-mortem due on teenager who died at Boomtown
THE cause of a teenager's death at a Winchester music festival is set to be revealed tomorrow.
A post mortem on the 18-year-old woman who died after being taken ill at the Boomtown Fair is scheduled for the Royal Hampshire County Hospital.
The event ended last night and today there was an exit of thousands of festival goers, with snarl-ups on the A31 and Spitfire Link up to junction nine of the M3, despite diversions directing London traffic onto the A31 eastbound.
Local Boomtown critic Janet Barker, from Alresford, said: “It looks like the organisation cannot cope with 30,000 people leaving the site and have just jammed up the whole area.”
Police have confirmed the dead teenager is from Somerset but are not releasing any other information at this stage.
A spokeswoman said this afternoon: “We are not identifying the woman yet as a post mortem has not been completed.”
Her next of kin have been informed as has the coroner, with an inquest set to open on Wednesday, according to the Central Hampshire Coroner's office.
An investigation is under way and a link with drugs is one line of inquiry being pursued. The death is not considered suspicious.
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 RHCH by paramedics where she was pronounced dead on arrival.
She is the second person to die in three years at Boomtown after a 45-year-old woman died from an Ecstacy overdose there in 2011.
Organisers were already under scrutiny after last year's event breached licensing conditions and they narrowly avoided being prosecuted by Winchester City Council.
There were more than 70 complaints about noise pollution in connection with the 2012 event.
So far the city council has not released this year's figures but is understood there were less than before.
Around 25,000 bought tickets for the four-day event, which featured ska, dub, reggae and other bass heavy acts including Arrested Development and Julian Marley.
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