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  • 18 August 2014, 8:35

Festival Called Off After Fork Lift Truck Death

A music festival has been cancelled after a man died in an accident involving a fork lift truck at the site.

The 33-year-old was setting up the Surround Festival near Stroud, Gloucestershire, on Thursday morning.

Emergency services were called to the Sallywood Farm site in Horsley at around 12pm.

Surround Festival, featuring a range of world class electronic and live acts, was due to start on Saturday.

In a statement, the organisers confirmed one of the team members had died while working.

"The incident involved someone highly experienced in their role, operating equipment they were fully trained to use," they said.

"It was an exceptionally unfortunate accident. Our thoughts are with their friends and family at this difficult time, and we are working closely with local authorities.

"We understand that this is deeply disappointing to everybody expecting to come, as it is for us. We fully intend to make refunds to all ticket holders and are working very hard to get our refund procedure in place.

"We hope you understand if there is a delay in responding to communications, it has been a difficult time and we are doing everything we can. Full details regarding the refund procedure will be announced as soon as possible."

A spokesman for Gloucestershire Police said the incident was not being treated as suspicious.

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