Three-week old baby girl dies after ‘falling ill’ at Camp Bestival in Shropshire – leaving family devastated

A CHILD who died after falling ill at Camp Bestival at the weekend was a three-week old baby girl.

The youngster sadly passed away after attending the popular event near the Staffordshire border, on Saturday.

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The child was said to be a three-week old baby girl

Police officers were called to the family festival around 12.37am to reports a child was ill.

Paramedics administered medical treatment to the newborn but she unfortunately remained in a critical condition.

Her suspected cause of death is yet to be established with an inquest date yet still to be set.

But a notice of the death – which confirmed the child’s age – has been received by the coroner.

Festival organisers expressed their “deepest sympathies” to the child’s family.

A Camp Bestival spokesperson said: “A child became poorly on Friday night and, after receiving immediate medical care onsite, was taken to hospital in an ambulance, where they tragically passed away.

“Our thoughts and deepest sympathies are with the family at this terrible time, and we will continue to support them in any way we can.”

The festival which brands itself “the quintessential family festival” won the Best Family Festival in 2009, 2010, 2013, and 2014 at UK Festival Awards. 

A Staffordshire Police spokesperson said: “We were called to Camp Bestival, Weston Park, at 12.37am on Saturday (19 August) following reports of a child who was taken ill.

“The child was treated at the scene and taken to hospital in a critical condition. Sadly, the child died a short time later.

“Specially trained officers are continuing to support the child’s family and we ask that their privacy is respected at this very difficult and distressing time.

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“Enquiries are ongoing to determine the circumstances of the death.”

Stars such as Melanie C, Eurovision song contest winner Sam Ryder and rock legends Primal Scream performed at the festival.

The festival, which takes place between August 17 and 20 is one of two sister festivals, with a second Dorset event having already taken place in July.

Melanie C was one of the stars performing at Camp Bestival

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Melanie C was one of the stars performing at Camp BestivalCredit: Pacific Coast News

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