The mother of a teenager who died after “take two pills” in a dance music festival in Portsmouth has spoken of his pain over losing “his girl”.
Georgia Jones, 18 years of age, and a man named locally as Tommy Bakir, 20, were killed in separate incidents in the Mutiny of the Festival.
Writing on Facebook, his mother Janine Milburn said she hoped her daughter’s death could discourage others from “taking something”.
The police have not confirmed whether drugs were involved in any of the deaths.
A Queen Alexandra Hospital spokesman said that some of the people treated are presented with “drug-related” symptoms. He could not confirm whether all of the 15 diseases were drug-related.
A statement on Facebook from the festival organisers read: “The safety of our amazing customers has always been of utmost importance to us and to maintain the safety of all and in respect to those that have passed, we have taken the decision not to open today.”
Previously, the festival of the King George V Playing Fields in Cosham, had issued a “prevention of damage alert,” apparently warning about the use of drugs.
The message to festival-goers described a “dangerous, high resistance, or bad batch of the substance on the site”.
The organisers said social media were “devastated” about the death.
Festivalgoer Liam Blair, of Southampton, was one of the thousands of revellers making their way home early after the event of the cancellation.
He said closing the festival early was a “respectful” of the decision, and that there is an atmosphere of “shock” as news of the death spread.
“We don’t expect that to happen to people so young,” he said.
The police were alerted to Ms Jones to fall ill at 19:10 BST on Saturday, and the man was found collapsed about 20 minutes later.
They were both taken to the Queen Alexandra Hospital, Portsmouth, where he later died.
Riot Of Festivals
Ms Milburn posted a notice on Facebook about the dangers of drugs after the death of his daughter.
“If nothing else I hope that what has happened to her will prevent you from taking anything,” she said.
“My little girl was 18 years old and was full of life.”
In a statement, Hampshire Police said: “The death is being treated as separate incidents at this stage.
“They are not being treated as suspicious, but the queries that are made to determine the circumstances of what happened in each case.”
The two-day festival of outstanding artists of the electronic music, including drum ‘n’ bass, garage and hip hop.
Dizzee Rascal, Craig David and Sean Paul were among the acts scheduled to appear.
Speaking on Twitter, Craig David said that his heart was to the family.
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More than 30,000 people are expected to attend the festival, which has been running since 2013.