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Got back from Bestival yesterday feeling like the festival was a bit meh

Wake up ths morning to hear news of a murder happening on the final night

Attending Bestival this year made me realise how well run Glastonbury is, and how lucky we are to have a festival like this amongst others. I know we get crime at Glastonbury but nothing to this scale...

Sorry to link the Daily shite, but for anyone wanting more details

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4872462/Man-arrested-death-woman-Bestival.html?ito=social-twitter_dailymailUK

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Absolutely shit news. Gonna go find something happy to do with lovely people around me to help remind myself of all the good in the world.

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Well that's just fucking horrible. Wonder what could've possessed the guy to do such a thing at a festival?! I'd assume this can't bode well for Bestivals already questionable future.

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Some pretty big assumptions being made in this thread, that article doesn't say anything about anyone being murdered, they don't yet know the cause of death or the circumstances surrounding it, the reason for the arrest is also explained. May well be a drug related death.

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39 minutes ago, FloorFiller said:

Well that's just fucking horrible. Wonder what could've possessed the guy to do such a thing at a festival?! I'd assume this can't bode well for Bestivals already questionable future.

It sounds like they had already had a very challenging festival, and one by most accounts they handled remarkably well (especially when compared against events like Y Not etc), but as you say this could be the straw that breaks the camel's back.

In all fairness, I'm not really sure how Bestival could've prevented this? If somebody has that inclination, they'll do it, unless they find there were substances involved that specifically contributed to what happened. Still absolutely appalling to hear, RIP to the individual's family and friends. Nobody should go to a festival and not come back.

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9 minutes ago, Spindles said:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-dorset-41227732

It has been widely reported by a number of sources that the arrest was for suspicion of murder.

With suspicion being the relevant word not murder, the police have explained the reason for the arrest - to interview under caution, if they interviewed him informally and it turned out he was responsible that evidence may be challenged, seems to me the arrest is a procedural thing rather than proof she was murdered. (doesn't mean she wasn't either). Very sad in any case.  

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1 minute ago, alexmckenzie said:

In all fairness, I'm not really sure how Bestival could've prevented this? If somebody has that inclination, they'll do it, unless they find there were substances involved that specifically contributed to what happened

I still don't see how that comes back on Bestival. Shit happens, and can happen anywhere, unfortunately.

Dreadful, whatever. :(

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15 minutes ago, alexmckenzie said:

It sounds like they had already had a very challenging festival, and one by most accounts they handled remarkably well (especially when compared against events like Y Not etc), but as you say this could be the straw that breaks the camel's back.

In all fairness, I'm not really sure how Bestival could've prevented this? If somebody has that inclination, they'll do it, unless they find there were substances involved that specifically contributed to what happened. Still absolutely appalling to hear, RIP to the individual's family and friends. Nobody should go to a festival and not come back.

Totally agree with this. I was there and the rain and wind was awful, coupled with the hilly site making it difficult to get around but this can't be avoided. They delayed opening Sunday to get hay down and did their best to get it back open, but then had to shut arena for an hour due to the wind making it dangerous. I would definitely return again I felt it was handled very well and preferred the site to the IoW one.

Also the fact someone has sadly died/been murdered shouldn't reflect on Bestival. As mentioned this could have happened anywhere 

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This was shit news :( 

It's no Glastonbury, but it's definitely one of the better festivals and they do work hard to make it lovely. The crappy weather, and now this tragedy, are out of the organisers' hands. Could happen anywhere. Feel sorry for everyone involved.

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Its pretty poor form of the Daily Mail to tag a bunch of irrelevant 'drugs are bad' stuff in the middle of this actually, although I wouldn't expect much less of them. 

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Any death at any festival is bad but it's Not been a good year for bestival... Very sad news 

 

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Reading this morning that the father is convinced it is not murder and the guy arrested was a friend. Looks to be drug related atm. 

Could there be any stronger support for legalization and testing. So sad, could have been so easily prevented.

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Yup, her dad says its a terrible accident. It is always horrible when we lose someone at a festival.

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It's a tragedy but it shouldn't reflect badly on Bestival which overall I think was a success. Sure, it's not Glasto but it had some interesting areas and they dealt well with the wind/mud issues I reckon. Just need to find some flatter camping areas as the hills are crazy.

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One report mentioned that there were some particularly 'dodgy' pills available there.

They really should have The Loop drug testing all all major festivals.

Really does keep people safer.

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Bestival is my go-to for next year so hope they ride out the problems. V sad news re the death but the murder angle always seemed a bit far fetched.

 

Just blagged two tickets to Bestival Bali so am hopeful of better weather there!

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If the chap who was arrested supplied the drugs then it was probably procedure to arrest him, and he most likely wouldn't have objected. The 'murder' word does seem to be used by the papers just fishing for readers. I'm sure if this is the case he feels terrible enough without being branded with such negative words. 

Tragic death, hopefully more festivals can react to provide testing in order to prevent more in the future.

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3 hours ago, Sawdusty Surfer said:

One report mentioned that there were some particularly 'dodgy' pills available there.

Without going into details, unfortunately that's been a theme of the summer this year (moreso than previous years). Given what's been going around, it's amazing that this is the first death.

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