Three more people have fallen seriously ill after being sold rogue drugs at a music festival – just a day after a teenager died.
Christian Pay, 18, from Millom, Cumbria, died at Cumberland Infirmary following “substance abuse” at Kendal Calling music festival in the Lake District, Cumbria Constabulary said.
Since his death seven people have been treated in hospital, including a 29-year-old man who remains in a critical state and four people who are in “serious but stable” conditions.
Two people have been discharged after hospital treatment.
Cumbria Constabulary urged people not to take drugs at the festival because of the risk that the “powerful and dangerous” substances are still being circulated on site.
Drugs seized that may be linked to the illnesses include a blue tablet with an Adidas logo, yellow powder believed to be MDMA, and an orange oval tablet with a Rolls-Royce logo.
Other seized drugs have been described as green tablets with a white fleck and plain grey tablets with a white fleck.
Four people arrested on suspicion of possession with intent to supply have been released on bail.
Superintendent Mark Pannone, of Cumbria Constabulary, said: “These are just some of the drugs seized. Our advice is simple – do not take any drugs at Kendal Calling 2015.
“It is never safe to take unknown substances as you cannot be sure of what they contain.
“There is a risk that these substances are on still on site and those attending the festival need to be aware of the potential dangers of taking substances such as these.”
Dr Jane Mathieson, consultant from Cumbria County Council Public Health, said: “I’d like to reiterate the police’s advice, these are powerful and dangerous substances which are simply not safe. Do not risk your health by taking any drugs.
“However, If you are to take drugs our advice is to consume as little as possible. Do not retake substances until you are confident that the effects have worn off. Also do not mix drugs with alcohol or other substances.
“Stay with friends and make sure you are with at least one sober person. If you or someone you know complains of feeling unwell, please seek medical help.”
A message from the Kendal Calling Twitter account whose headline acts this year include Snoop Dogg, Elbow and Kaiser Chiefs read: “There have been serious drug related casualties requiring hospital treatment.
“Please take extra care – illegal drugs have unknown contents.”
Anyone with information is asked to contact police on 101 or you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.