Tayside and Central Scotland

Three arrests in T in the Park attempted murders probe

T in the Park
Image caption Police said the two injured men were found at the festival's campsite

Three people in their 20s have been arrested in connection with two attempted murders at the T in the Park music festival in Balado, Perthshire.

The incidents happened before midnight on Sunday when two 20-year-old men were found with serious abdominal injuries at the event's campsite.

The injured men are being treated at Ninewells Hospital in Dundee where they are in a serious but stable condition.

Tayside Police made 64 arrests at the three-day event - five down on 2009.

They confirmed that the force sent 450 staff to the festival and 229 crimes were recorded, which was down on the previous two years.

Head injury

In a separate incident which took place at about 2200 BST on Saturday, a woman was knocked to the ground and sexually assaulted near to the bus parking area.

The man responsible was described as white, heavily built, with dark shaved hair and wearing a long sleeved dark top.

Tayside Police also said that a 19-year-old man was in a critical condition after falling from a flag pole within the main arena at the festival.

It is thought the man climbed the pole shortly after 2200 BST on Sunday. He fell about 6ft and sustained a serious head injury.

He was treated at the scene by the on-site medical team before being taken to Ninewells Hospital in Dundee where he underwent neurosurgery.

Festival director Geoff Ellis thanked music fans for a "good spirited" atmosphere, but said he could not ignore the number of "very unfortunate isolated incidents".

Witness appeal

He said organisers would continue to help police with their investigations.

"The quality of our event management team, the emergency services work and on-site medical care has once again been outstanding," he said.

"Despite these incidents, it's encouraging that the overall level of crime is down on last year and that most fans are listening to the positive messages we put out about having a safe and healthy festival."

Event Commander Ch Supt Craig Suttie said: "Our enquiries into a serious incident in which two men were seriously injured are ongoing and I would appeal for witnesses to come forward and assist us.

"Investigations in to allegations of sexual assault are also continuing."

"A young man is also in intensive care at Ninewells Hospital having suffered head injuries after falling from a flag pole on Saturday night and there was the tragic sudden death of 24-year-old Stonehaven man David Catto on Friday night.

"Our thoughts are with their families at this time."

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