A woman who was found dead at Bestival was the daughter of Holby City, Taggart and Coronation Street actor John Michie, his agent has confirmed.The body of Louella Michie, 25, from London, was discovered in a wooded area at the Dorset festival site.Police said they were called at about 01:00 BST amid concern for the welfare of a woman.A 28-year-old man from London has been arrested on suspicion of murder and is being questioned by police.A post-mortem examination is due to be carried out to establish the cause of death.In a statement, Michie’s agent said: “Sadly, I can confirm the tragic death of John Michie’s daughter Louella at Bestival. “John and his wife Carol ask that the privacy of their family be respected at this traumatic time.”
Festival founder DJ Rob da Bank tweeted a link to the statement, which was posted on the festival’s Facebook page.In a statement, Bestival organisers said the team were “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.”A cordon remains in place at the festival site while forensic examinations are carried out.
Det Ch Insp 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.”She added the force was “working closely” with the festival organisers and urged anyone with information to get in touch.Bestival was first held in 2004 at Robin Hill on the Isle of Wight.This was the first year the four-day annual event was held at Dorset’s Lulworth Estate, where its sister festival Camp Bestival has been held since 2008.
Source: BBC Dorset