Scottish police say sudden death of festival goer from Hartlepool is being treated as ‘unexplained’

Crowds at the T in the Park music festival at Strathallan in Perthshire. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire
Crowds at the T in the Park music festival at Strathallan in Perthshire. Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Heartfelt tributes have been paid to a Hartlepool man who died at one of the UK’s biggest musical festivals aged just 36.

Andrew West, who is also known as Andrew McLeod, was found dead at T in the Park, in Scotland.

So saddened by this, such a nice lad

One of the many tributes posted on the Mail’s Facebook site

It emerged that much-loved Mr West was from the town after he was named by police yesterday.

Mr West was found in a campsite at the Strathallan Castle site, in Perthshire, on Saturday afternoon.

His death is being treated as unexplained, but there are not thought to be any suspicious circumstances, police said.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “We can confirm that the body of a 36-year-old man was found on a campsite at T in the Park.

“The death is currently being treated as unexplained. A report will be submitted to the Procurator Fiscal. Next of kin has been notified.”

Mr West’s family were too devastated to speak to the Mail.

But friends and even strangers have left messages of condolence and tribute to Mr West – known by friends as ‘Herman’ – and his family on the Mail’s Facebook page.

Kayleigh Todd wrote: “rip Andrew x thinking about ur family at this sad time x”

Carol Gash posted: “Very sad, my thoughts go out to his family. Xx”

Charlotte Randall-Pape said: “Thoughts are with lyndsey and kids xxxx”

Roz Rutherford: “So saddened by this, such a nice lad. My thoughts go out to his family xx”.

Kim Westhorpe Dickson added: “Don’t know the young man who has passed or his family but wanted to pass my condolences onto his family. Rest in peace x”.

Donna L Vasey said: “Thinking of all Andrews friends and esp his family, another one taken to soon, west view have lost another good lad, sending thoughts to all involved x”.

Abbylee George posted: “hear of these things happening at festivals far too often R.I.P thoughts go out to his family and friends x”.

Glenn Menzies wrote: “Rip Herman pal big miss thoughts are with is family at this sad time”.

And Les Hudson said: “RIP Andrew, thinking of your family at this very sad time x”.

A T in the Park spokesman said: “We are extremely saddened by this news, and our thoughts are with the family at this time.”

Tens of thousands of music fans attended the festival over three days from Friday to Sunday to watch acts including Kasabian, Jessie J and Noel Gallagher.