Teenager Found Dead In Tent At Reading Festival

His death is currently being treated as 'unexplained' by police

Teenager Found Dead In Tent At Reading Festival

by Sophie Wilkinson |
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A 17-year-old boy was found dead in a tent at one of Reading Festival’s campsites at about 2am on Monday morning.

Thames Valley Police told the BBC that the death is being treated as ‘unexplained’ and that his family have been told.

The event, which attracted crowds of more than 90,000, also saw a stabbing on the Friday night, in which an 18-year-old man was admitted to hospital. His injuries were described as ‘non life-threatening’ and he's now been discharged.

Performers at the event included Drake, Kasabian, Eminem and Liam Gallagher, who paid tribute to the 17-year-old on Twitter: ‘Just heard about that young kid who was found dead in his tent at reading so sad RIP kid x’

Reading Festival’s Police Commander, Superintendent Rory Freeman, said in a statement to PA that there was ‘no cause for concern for surrounding festival-goers’

‘I would like to thank nearby campers for their co-operation whilst we are in attendance. We will continue to provide support to the boy’s family at this difficult time.’

Meanwhile, also on this bank holiday, was the two-day Notting Hill Carnival, which, after a crackdown that had caused some controversy, went off without any major incident. There were over 313 arrests, 58 for drug offences, six for sexual offences and 22 public order offences. The Metropolitan Police released the figures, which also showed that 28 police officers were injured across the days.

There was also a one-minute silence on both days, held across the carnival, in tribute to the victims who suffered in the Grenfell Tower blaze. Soundsystems shut down for the minute so that people could stand still and silently commemorate those lost and their families nearby. The area around the tower was cordoned off this year out of respect, and Carnival-goers wore green in support of those lost.

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This article originally appeared on The Debrief.

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