Investigation underway following death of woman at Bestival

Investigation underway following death of woman at Bestival

A 28-year-old man from London has been arrested on suspicion of murder following the death of a woman at Bestival.

Officers at the event were alerted just before 1am today (September 11), to reports of a concern for welfare of a 25-year-old woman from London who had attended the festival at Lulworth Castle in Dorset.

The woman has been identified as Louella Michie, daughter of Holby City actor John Michie, reports the BBC.

Following a search of the area the body of the woman was located in a wooded area on the edge of the festival site. An investigation is underway by Dorset Police to establish the circumstances surrounding her death and a cordon is in place on site while forensic examinations are being carried out.

Detective Chief Inspector Sarah Derbyshire, of Dorset Police, said: "Following the discovery of the woman's body we have now launched an investigation into her death. We have specially-trained officers supporting her family at this very difficult time.

"Enquiries are now underway to establish how she died. A post-mortem examination will be carried out in due course and this should give us more of an indication as to the cause of her death.

"We are working closely with the festival organisers and I would appeal to anyone with any information about the incident to contact Dorset Police."

Bestival, which ran from September 7-10, relocated to Dorset for this year's event, having previously been held in the Isle Of Wight.

Organisers released the following statement: "The team at Bestival are devastated to hear about this tragic news. We continue to support the police in their ongoing investigation and our thoughts and prayers are with all the woman’s family and friends.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at, via email or by calling 101, quoting incident number 11:36. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or via

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