Tuesday 24 January 2017

Three charged with drug offences after death of 18-year-old student at music festival

Kim Pilling

Published 11/01/2016 | 15:09

Christian Pay (18) who died at a Lake District music festival Credit: Cumbria Police/PA Wire
Christian Pay (18) who died at a Lake District music festival Credit: Cumbria Police/PA Wire

Three men have been charged in connection with the death of an 18-year-old student at a Lake District music festival.

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Christian Pay, from Millom, Cumbria, was rushed to Cumberland Infirmary from the Kendal Calling event and died on July 31 last year.

He was one of a number of festival goers who were taken to hospital followed suspected drug use.

A spokesman for Cumbria Police said: "Three men have been charged with drugs offences that connects to a death at the 2015 Kendal Calling festival.

"Michael Mountfort, 42, of Oak Drive, Denton, Manchester, was charged with conspiracy to supply a Class A controlled drug.

"Luke Nathan Fraser, 21, of Oakfield Grove, Manchester, was charged with conspiracy to supply a Class A controlled drug and supplying a Class B controlled drug.

"Simon Chapman, 21, of Race Grove, Millom, was charged with conspiracy to supply a Class A controlled drug." A

ll three are due to appear before North Cumbria Magistrates' Court at Carlisle on February 9, police added.

In a statement issued shortly after Christian's death, his mother, Debbie, said: "Christian was small in stature but had the heart of a lion and enough personality for everyone. He was just a fun, fun guy and such a nice person - he hated seeing anyone being picked on.

"He was studying motor vehicle maintenance at Furness College which he loved.

"He leaves behind an older brother Adam and older sister Chloe, who are both devastated. He was loved by all and will be missed by everyone."

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