‘Dangerous’ drug found at V Festival in Staffordshire

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'Dangerous' drug found at V Festival in Staffordshire

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Police seized and tested the drug on site at Weston Park

A potentially dangerous drug has been found at V Festival.
Police said the drug tested at Weston Park, Staffordshire, contained “really serious chemicals that would have a severe adverse effect”.
The chemicals, pentylone and N-ethylpentylone, had been found recently at other music festivals and had made people ill, they said.
Since the event started on Friday, 32 people have been arrested for offences including drug dealing and theft.
A 17-year-old boy was arrested for trying to smuggle 200 tablets in a bag he was carrying into the Staffordshire event.

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A 17-year-old was arrested for attempting to bring 200 tablets into the event

Supt Martin Brereton, leading the Staffordshire police operation, said “in the first 24 hours [we] have seen very little..

Essex fire: Flames engulf Basildon packaging warehouse

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Essex fire: Flames engulf Basildon packaging warehouse

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At its height about 100 firefighters tackled the blaze

A huge fire broke out overnight at a packaging warehouse in Essex.
At its height, about 100 firefighters tackled the blaze at the building in Festival Way, Basildon.
Residents reported hearing two “massive explosions” and seeing “plumes of thick smoke” at about 00:20 BST.
A spokesman for Essex County Fire and Rescue Service said it had been working “extremely hard in tough conditions” to bring the blaze under control. No casualties have been reported.

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Essex Police said there were not believed to be any casualties

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The fire service said its crews had managed to stop the huge blaze from spreading to nearby buildings

The officer in charge, Neil Fenwick, said: “Crews have done a brilliant job stopping the..

Michael Barrymore to get damages over rape and murder arrest

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Michael Barrymore to get damages over rape and murder arrest

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Former TV presenter Michael Barrymore has faced a lengthy court battle for damages

The entertainer Michael Barrymore is to get “more than nominal damages” after claiming his wrongful arrest by police destroyed his career.
The 65-year-old was detained 10 years ago on suspicion of the rape and murder of Stuart Lubbock in Essex.
Mr Barrymore, who was not present for the High Court decision, values his claim at more than £2.4m.
Essex Police said there were still “unanswered” questions over Mr Lubbock's death.
Michael Barrymore: How the British TV king lost his crown

A figure for the damages to be paid to Mr Barrymore – whose real name is Michael Parker – is yet to be set.
Stuart Lubbock

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Stuart Lubbock was found dead in Michael Barrymore's swimming pool in 2001

Stuart Lubbock's body was found in the swimming pool after a party a..

Michael Barrymore: How the British TV king lost his crown

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Michael Barrymore: How the British TV king lost his crown

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Former TV presenter Michael Barrymore has faced a lengthy court battle for damages

Michael Barrymore has been awarded damages following a lengthy court battle over his arrest on suspicion of rape and murder. Although the sum will be decided at a later date, the High Court ruling is the latest twist in a case that has hung over the former TV presenter since 2001, when a man was found dead at his home.
In the 1980s and 1990s, the king of British television was a zany, larger-than-life London lad who ruled supreme with shows like Strike It Lucky, My Kind Of People, and a self-titled variety show.
Barrymore, now 65, was loved by audiences for his energy and irreverence.
Having been a Redcoat at Butlins, he moved into West End theatre shows before winning TV talent show New Faces in 1979.
His wife, Cheryl, was the mastermind behind the career of the man whose birth name is Michael Parker. Wit..

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