Police tell Eavis Tory member's festival death a 'suicide situation'

Glastonbury Festival supremo Michael Eavis has been told the death of a senior member of British Prime Minister David Cameron’s Tory constituency is “a suicide situation”.

Glastonbury Festival supremo Michael Eavis has been told the death of a senior member of British Prime Minister David Cameron’s Tory constituency is “a suicide situation”.

Mr Eavis was speaking of his sadness over the death during a press conference on Christopher Shale's death in a portable toilet at the festival.

The 75-year-old farmer was told it was “a suicide situation” – but police said it was still too early to say.

Mr Eavis said: “Apparently I’m told it was a suicide situation in the early hours of this morning. It was in the Winnebago area.

“It’s very very sad – I can’t say too much about it.”

Mr Shale, the chairman of West Oxfordshire Conservative Association, suffered a heart attack, sources believe.

His body was found in a portable toilet in the backstage area, where a host of celebrities and performers stay.

Mr Shale, who was quoted in a Mail on Sunday article today on the difficulties his party faces in recruiting new members, was discovered by officers shortly after 9am.

A distraught woman, staying in the backstage area between the Pyramid and Other stages, was seen being comforted by officers this morning.

Police confirmed several relatives were on site this morning.

Detectives have yet to establish the cause of his death, a source said.

Inspector Chris Morgan said inquiries into the nature of the death were ongoing.

He added: “It is only a couple of hours ago – we are still working on establishing a cause of death.”

A police cordon, patrolled by dozens of officers and security guards, was put up around the backstage shower and toilet area.

The camping area where festival production teams and some performers stay was also blocked off.

A host of celebrities were staying within the cordoned off area.

Wayne and Coleen Rooney were understood to have been camping in a nearby luxury RV.

Revellers reacted with shock as they were told the area was “a crime scene”.

Tom Waite, 35, from Cheddar, was among those staying in the VIP area.

He said: “It’s just awful for his family.”

Security had already been heightened in the backstage area for the arrival of American megastar Beyonce.

A “ring of steel” was being put up around the Bootylicious star who brings the three-day music extravaganza to a close.

Sources confirmed the American singer required tighter security than was planned for U2 and Coldplay.

Queens of the Stone Age, Plan B and Paul Simon also feature on the bill as the festival ends.

Beyonce, who fell in love with Glastonbury after watching husband Jay-Z perform three years ago, was among a celebrity-packed crowd for Coldplay’s third headline outing on the Pyramid Stage last night.

During the hour-and-a-half set sprinkled with hits including Yellow, Viva La Vida and Clocks, frontman Chris Martin told the crowd: “Glastonbury, you are the best festival in the world.”

Yesterday also saw the triumphant return of Pulp to Worthy Farm.

The surprise act sparked unprecedented crowds at the Park Stage, with security guards closing off the packed arena with half an hour to spare.

Glastonbury officials confirmed the Pulp gig was the biggest crowd ever on the Park Stage, with more than 30,000 revellers crammed in to the arena.

After three days of relentless rain, revellers at the sodden 900-acre site have been soaking up the sunshine with temperatures set to exceed 25C this afternoon.

Overall crime has been down on last year, with 309 reported incidents by Sunday morning.

Police and festival organisers were encouraging revellers to slap on the sun cream as temperatures soared.

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