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Cornish cops are waiting for doctors to carry out ‘toxicology tests’ on a young man who collapsed and died at RTTS 2011.

It’s not known exactly how Billy Cogger, 24, from Hayling Island in Hampshire, met his end.

Police say the death is not suspicious and they are awaiting the results of a ‘toxicology report’ – part of a post mortem that establishes drink or drug use.

Campers at the modified car and music festival said the youngster collapsed in the festival grounds, near the toilet area of the entrance car park.

Some revellers discussing the news on Facebook claim Billy suffered a heart condition and went into cardiac arrest.

Others attributed the tragedy to the visible drink and drug use at the 2011 event.

The tragedy has devestated Billy’s relatives: the Coggers are a family of showmen well-known in Hampshire where they co-own Hayling Island’s ‘Funland’.

We’ve not had a chance to speak to them yet but they put out a statement through the police paying tribute to the youngster.

In Cornwall the shocking incident has added fuel to the fire of a post-festival row.

Hot-rod fans say RTTS has morphed from what one Facebooker remembered as a ‘Chilled out Dub-Club’ into what another branded a ‘Coke-crazed Chav-Fest’ .

But younger Facebookers say they like it that way.

The contributors, chiefly teenagers from outside Cornwall, posted messages celebrating the drink and drugs lifestyle associated with the music side of the event.

Police say overall the event went well with just 21 arrests from a crowd of 100,000.

The force said Billy was found collapsed around 7am on Saturday morning, at the same time that an older man visiting the festival was taken to hospital.

They denied reports in the Sunday People that they had taken to the streets of Newquay to warn of a ‘batch of contaminated drugs’.

A spokesman claimed: “We used loud hailers and police sirens to wake residents at Trevelgue camp in the early hours of Saturday morning after the unexplained death of a 24 year old man.

“This was to identify the man and the party he was with.

“The message passed out was to ask people to account for everyone in their parties and to speak to the officers if anyone was missing.

“This worked and the man’s party came forward: no further messages were passed out.”

Newquay Inspector Jim Pearce gave out a general warning on drug abuse before the event.

Insp Pearce said “The majority of people who visit have a great time and really enjoy themselves.

However, there are a minority of festival and party goers who decide to mix alcohol and drugs which they should remember can have serious consequences.

Excessive alcohol consumption and taking any form of illegal drug, and some so called legal highs, is an unknown and can have serious and even fatal affects”.

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  1. Eva

    May 31, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    Attended Run to the Sun for the first time this year after friends told us about the chilled out vibe of previous years. We were massively disappointed. The drug takers were not in the minority. They were in the overwhelming majority. This could be bearable if it wasn’t so obnoxiously joined with ragging of souped up cars round the campsite and bass blaring out of caravans throughout the night until at least 10am the next morning… I’m a fan of music with dirty bass, but the hours it was played at was later (earlier really) than any non drugged fuelled person can last. Newquay really has become nothing but a place for chavs to go nuts for a weekend. God help the poor souls who live there….

  2. Roxy Watson

    May 31, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    Me & my friends were staying in a caravan in one of the most popular areas, and were up past 7am on the Saturday, we heard no warnings all weekend, although there was a ‘random search’ process on entrance of the main arena. People at festivals will always associate with drugs, there is nothing we can do.. If you don’t like it, don’t attend.

  3. Tarranty

    June 1, 2011 at 11:09 am

    We are one of the poor souls that live very near to the venue, RTTS is no longer a nice festival and everything that has been said about the changes in recent years is very true. Most people there are souless looking youngesters with vacant expressions. Maybe this is what it is like at all festivals but the whole thing was really unpleasant this year, at least 20 ambulances a day, a police car every half hour or so, an assault and 3 overdoses …. there is no good that can come from this, these people do NOT spend their tourist pounds in Newquay, they spend the day asleep and the nights off their heads.

  4. willzy207

    June 2, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    Firstly condolences to the family and friends of the young man that passed away. Having attended many run to the sun event over the years as staff the last few years have definitely been different. A lot of people coming down with diferent attittudes to past years. It used to be a very friendly chilled out place to come, when there were pungent smells of cannabis being smoked here and there – very chilled out people. Now, youngsters are drinking so much they dont know whats going on. I think this binge drinking culture that is sweeping the country – among other things being taken – has changed the whole attitute of the event. Bring back the peace loving cannabis smokeing hippies and true VW people and make it a family festival once again.

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