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RTTS DEATH CAME AFTER DRUG WARNING

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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