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2 Teenagers Dead at Scotland's T in the Park Festival

T in the Park 2011
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T In The Park Festival 2011 in Kinross, United Kingdom.

Two 17-year-olds have died at Scotland's T in the Park music festival in separate incidents. 

Police are investigating the cases to establish the circumstances of the deaths, but have told the BBC that the deaths are not believed to be suspicious.

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The teenage festival goers were reportedly a male from the west of Scotland and a female from the north of England. The deaths are not thought to be linked. 

Police looking into whether the deaths were drug related, while the festival is encouraging anyone with drugs to dump them in special "amnesty bins" in the campsite. 

 

Police Scotland's gold commander for the festival, Ch Supt Angela McLaren told the Guardian, "We are continuing to investigate these deaths and are following lines of enquiry, including the possibility that they may be drug related. I would remind all persons attending the festival that there is no safe way of taking drugs."

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T in the Park is Scotland’s biggest music festival and is expected to attract more than 80,000 music fans over the weekend. Campers began arriving on Thursday for the three-day event at Strathallan Castle. The Stone Roses, Jamie xx, Disclosure, Calvin Harris and the Red Hot Chili Peppers are among the scheduled performers. 

Festival director Geoff Ellis told the BBC, "We are shocked and saddened by today's news and our thoughts are with the families and friends at this time. We are offering our full support and assistance."

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