By Steve Dellar   |  05-27-2018   News
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A dance music festival in Portsmouth was cancelled when two young people died shortly after falling ill. The Mutiny Festival at first sent out a tweet on social media warning its visitors that a ‘bad batch’ of drugs was making the rounds but when multiple people became ill and two died, it was decided to cancel the whole event.

In the end, an 18-year-old woman and a 20-year-old man died in separate incidents at the event, both around 7 pm local time Saturday evening.

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At first instance, the local Hampshire Police said the deaths at the festival site in King George V Playing Fields, Cosham, were not being treated as suspicious and that the festival cancellation was done "as a safety precaution".

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Hampshire Police: "The deaths are being treated as separate incidents at this stage. They are not being treated as suspicious but inquiries are being made to determine the circumstances of what happened in each case, but we must reiterate our advice to all our customers to responsibly dispose of any substances."

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A statement by the festival organisers on Facebook said: “Following the terrible news from earlier today, the team behind Mutiny Festival are incredibly sad to announce that the Sunday of the festival has been cancelled as a safety precaution.”

"The safety of our amazing customers has always been paramount to us and so to keep everyone safe and in respect to those who have passed, we have taken the decision not to open today."

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On Saturday the festival released a "harm prevention alert" in the evening in which it described a "dangerous high-strength or bad-batch substance on site.”

Source:

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/may/27/mutiny-festival-deaths-ill-portsmouth

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