Friday 30 September 2016

Man dies after suffering burns at Glastonbury Festival

Published 21/06/2016 | 09:11

People traverse muddy and waterlogged fields and paths at Glastonbury Festival
People traverse muddy and waterlogged fields and paths at Glastonbury Festival

A man has died at the Glastonbury Festival after suffering serious burns, police said.

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Avon and Somerset Police said they were called to the festival site at around 5.20pm on Monday following reports of a man on fire.

The man, reported to be in his 20s, had suffered serious burns and was taken by air ambulance to Bristol's Southmead Hospital.

A spokesman said: " He was transferred to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, where he sadly later died.

"The man's family have been informed and our thoughts are with them at this time."

It added: " Our inquiries are continuing but we are treating the death as unexplained and do not believe it to be suspicious."

Gates open for the popular music event in Pilton, Somerset, on Wednesday.

The festival begins on Friday, with Muse, Adele and Coldplay all headlining.

The Met Office has warned music fans heading to the festival that a weekend of mixed weather lies ahead.

Pictures emerged on Monday showing flooding at the Somerset site, with paths under water and camping areas already turned into mudbaths.

Met forecaster Emma Boorman said there is hope the site could dry out before the heaviest crowds arrive on Friday.

"When you have people and mud it exacerbates the situation - so if there's no people on site today and a mostly dry day, it should give things a chance to dry out a little bit," she said.

The mercury is expected to reach a high of 21C (69F) on Thursday before settling at 19C (66F) over Saturday and Sunday.

Adele may be singing in the rain on Saturday - the day she will headline the Pyramid stage - as it is expected to be the wettest of the festival.

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