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Mutiny Festival forced to cancel after two people die

Mutiny Festival in Portsmouth has been forced to cancel after two people died at the event.

The festival shut down the last day after an 18-year-old woman and a 20-year-old man died in separate incidents.

The deaths occurred at estival’s site in King George V Playing Fields, Cosham. The news comes after the event posted a “harm prevention alert” via social media, warning festival-goers about the use of drugs, they said that a “dangerous high-strength or bad-batch substance on site,” in a message on Twitter.

Police were called when the 18-year-old woman fell ill at 7.10pm on Saturday, the 20-year-old male collapsed 20 minutes later. Both were rushed to Queen Alexandra Hospital in Portsmouth but sadly died.

In a statement, Hampshire Police said: “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.”

The festival, understandably, cancelled the remained of the event with a statement published on their website: “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. As you can imagine, this decision was not taken lightly and was taken with the support of the local statutory authorities who we continue to work with.

“Enquiries are being made into the circumstances of what has happened, but we must reiterate our advice to all our customers to responsibly dispose of any substances.

“More information will follow when available, we appreciate your understanding at this difficult time.”