Child dies after incident at UK music festival while cause of death remains a mystery | UK | News

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A child has died after falling ill at a popular music festival in Shropshire.

Officers from Staffordshire Police were called to Camp Bestival, Weston Park, near the town of Shifnal, at 12.37am on Saturday (August 19) after reports a child had been taken ill.

The youngster was treated at the scene and taken to hospital in a critical condition, but died a short time later, according to the force.

A spokesperson for Staffordshire Police said specially-trained officers continue to support the child’s family.

They added: “We ask that their privacy is respected at this very difficult and distressing time. Enquiries are ongoing to determine the circumstances of the death.”

Camp Bestival was held at Weston Park from August 17-20, with Rudimental and Sophie Ellis-Bextor among the star acts performing. Around 30,000 people attended the event last year, while similar numbers were expected this year.

The event is designed for families and features a range of music, comedy, theatre, games and activities.

Its website states: “With soft play, circus skills, drum workshops, rollerskating, creative crafting, dance classes, lantern making, bushcraft, tree climbing and swing boats, there are screen-free creative kids’ capers galore to fire up the imagination”.

This year’s performers also included Eurovision star Sam Ryder, former Spice Girl Melanie C, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and X Factor finalist Ella Henderson.

A Camp Bestival spokesman said: “A child became poorly on Friday night and, after receiving immediate medical care on-site, was taken to hospital in an ambulance, where they tragically passed away.

“Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the family at this terrible time.

“We will continue to support them in any way we can.”

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Written by: Soft FM Radio Staff

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