The two young people who died after taking drugs at festivals this weekend have been pictured for the first time. Lewis Haunch, 17, from Leigh, Greater Manchester, collapsed ‘immediately’ after taking drugs at Leeds festival on Saturday night, police said.
It was just hours after Joe Sheppard, a mechanic from Devon, died at Creamfields dance festival in Warrington, Cheshire.
His employer, JDM Garage in Holsworthy, Devon, posted a heartfelt tribute to the 26-year-old on its Facebook page.
It says: ‘It is with heartfelt sadness that we inform you our friend, college, employee Joe has passed away over night last night.’
Two teenagers were yesterday arrested on suspicion of drugs offences in connection with the 17-year-old’s death at Leeds, where Disclosure headlined on Saturday.
The death led Yorkshire Police to issue new warnings that there is ‘no safe way’ to take drugs.
Leeds Festival’s Police Commander, Chief Superintendent Keith Gilert said: ‘We are currently investigating the death and how he obtained the substance he took.
‘Two males, aged 17, have been arrested in the Greater Manchester area on suspicion of drugs offences and are currently in custody.
‘At this time the indications are that the man consumed drugs immediately before he collapsed. A report will be sent to the Coroner in due course.
‘I would though like to take this opportunity to remind anyone attending the festival that there is no safe way to take drugs.
‘Taking any illegal drug carries a risk to health and we would always advise people against it, but I would ask that people are particularly conscious of the risks following this young man’s death.
‘In partnership with the organisers, Festival Republic, we will continue to take action against those who risk the lives of others by supplying drugs.
One festival-goer said she believed she saw the teenager as he was being treated by medics.