Two more held in drugs probe after pair die at music festival

Police have arrested two more people on suspicion of supplying class A drugs at a festival where two revellers died after falling ill.

Tommy Cowan, 20, and Georgia Jones, 18, both from Havant in Hampshire, died after attending Mutiny Festival in Portsmouth on Saturday night.

A 21-year-old woman from Waterlooville and a 21-year-old man from Havant have been arrested on suspicion of the supply of class A drugs and are in police custody for questioning.

The arrests follow those of a 20-year-old man from Havant, a 20-year-old man from Waterlooville and a 22-year-old man from Cosham, Portsmouth, on suspicion of supplying class A drugs.

Tommy Cowan
Tommy Cowan

The first three suspects have been released from custody but remain under investigation, according to Hampshire police.

Friends and relatives of Mr Cowan and Ms Jones gathered at Leigh Park Gardens, part of Staunton Country Park in Havant, on Monday evening and released balloons in their memory.

Ms Jones, a carer for people with learning and physical difficulties, was described by her family as a "very strong-willed and opinionated young lady".

In a statement released by Hampshire police, they said: "She was a shoulder for anyone that needed it. She loved her job. We just hope she uses her 'indoor voice' wherever she may be."

Officers making enquiries into drugs supply at Mutiny Festival have made two more arrests.

Please see our link for more details.

-- Hampshire Police (@HantsPolice) May 29, 2018

Mr Cowan, also known as Tommy Bakeer, who is understood to have a one-year-old son, was described as a "caring father".

His father Damien Cowan told of his shock and sadness.

He said in a statement released by police: "My baby boy, I miss you so much and can't believe you are gone. Fly high with the angels and sleep well. Until we meet again, I love and miss you always."

The pair were among 15 revellers admitted to Queen Alexandra Hospital from the event that night, with organisers issuing a warning of a "high strength or bad batch" of drugs.

The second day of the festival, which Craig David and Sean Paul were due to headline, was cancelled as a "safety precaution".

Police said Ms Jones had become ill at the festival at King George V Playing Fields at 7.10pm, before Mr Cowan was found collapsed 20 minutes later.

Police said the deaths were separate incidents and were not suspicious.

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