Police confirm Charlton Park tragedies but are not investigating

Wiltshire Times: Crowds at WOMAD festival in Charlton Park, Malmesbury Crowds at WOMAD festival in Charlton Park, Malmesbury

Police have confirmed that two WOMAD festival-goers died at the weekend.

Neither incident, involving a man in his 50s who was taken to hospital and died from natural causes and a woman who died on the festival site, are thought to have had suspicious causes and police are not investigating the deaths.

The man, who is thought to be from Hertfordshire, collapsed on site on Friday morning and was taken to the Great Western Hospital, Swindon, by the Red Cross, according to the Great Western Ambulance Service.

The woman who died at Charlton Park, Malmesbury, is believed to have been in her 50s and was from London.

GWAS were called at 9.44am on Saturday after she collapsed and she was given cardiopulmonary resuscitation by ambulance crews after suffering a heart attack.
 

Festival director Chris Smith said: “It is incredibly sad. Our thoughts are very much with the families.


“It’s a personal tragedy and we did everything we could to support the families.
 

“It’s a difficult situation for everyone but none more so that the families of those who have died.
 

“It’s very, very sad and it’s very difficult for the people who have to deal with it from the Red Cross.”

Superintendent Gavin Williams, from Wiltshire Police, confirmed that WOMAD had not suffered much crime with ten, mostly drug-related, arrests made over the weekend.

He said: “We worked very well with the security staff and we adopted a really proactive stance on people bringing in drugs, particularly those attempting to sell them.”

Police used a ‘passive drugs dog’ and various officers who were working on a zero drugs tolerance policy on people bringing illegal substances on to the festival site, which was a move supported by security staff, police have said.

 

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8:02pm Mon 30 Jul 12

itsamess3 says...

What a sad thing to have happened--and nice to hear the event was very low crime and our police cooperated with the security staff as has always been the case.
Once again a massive success for kids and adults alike.
Condolences to the families of the bereaved.
What a sad thing to have happened--and nice to hear the event was very low crime and our police cooperated with the security staff as has always been the case. Once again a massive success for kids and adults alike. Condolences to the families of the bereaved. itsamess3
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11:28am Tue 31 Jul 12

kevin2012 says...

I was refused entry into Womad due to me having a criminal record, I think this was an utter disgrace and really want an explanation from Womad Organisers, I am currently seeking legal advice from a solicitor due to the discrimination that I received from the police and head of security
I was refused entry into Womad due to me having a criminal record, I think this was an utter disgrace and really want an explanation from Womad Organisers, I am currently seeking legal advice from a solicitor due to the discrimination that I received from the police and head of security kevin2012
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12:36pm Tue 31 Jul 12

norville says...

Big deal Kevin2012, this is a story of 2 people tragically passing away at the event.
The rantings of a criminal are of no interest.
Big deal Kevin2012, this is a story of 2 people tragically passing away at the event. The rantings of a criminal are of no interest. norville
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1:34pm Wed 1 Aug 12

FromTheWirral says...

Kevin, I'm guessing your 'record' was for drug related offences? (not that I give a tuppeny sh!t either way) and you've pretty much marked your card, especialy were festivals are concerened, stop bleating. If you can't do the time don't do the crime...
Kevin, I'm guessing your 'record' was for drug related offences? (not that I give a tuppeny sh!t either way) and you've pretty much marked your card, especialy were festivals are concerened, stop bleating. If you can't do the time don't do the crime... FromTheWirral
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3:05pm Thu 2 Aug 12

lordbuckethead says...

dictionary definition:

treatment or consideration of, or making a distinction in favor of or against, a person or thing based on the group, class, or category to which that person or thing belongs rather than on individual merit.

Personally I wouldn't let you in my house, does that make me guilty of discrimination?

I dont think so!

I think its me making a choice based on your (lack of) individual merit.
dictionary definition: treatment or consideration of, or making a distinction in favor of or against, a person or thing based on the group, class, or category to which that person or thing belongs rather than on individual merit. Personally I wouldn't let you in my house, does that make me guilty of discrimination? I dont think so! I think its me making a choice based on your (lack of) individual merit. lordbuckethead
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3:58pm Thu 2 Aug 12

Don Jones says...

I would guess - and hope - that 'Kevin' is on a wind-up?
I would guess - and hope - that 'Kevin' is on a wind-up? Don Jones
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