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Man dies and woman hurt in crash outside Bestival site

A man died and a woman was injured when they were knocked down by a vehicle outside the Bestival music festival on the Isle of Wight.

The man and woman, both pedestrians, were injured on Mersley Down Road just after midnight.

They were taken to hospital, where the man later died. The woman's injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.

A 33-year-old man from Worthing, West Sussex, was arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving.

Officers said they were in the process of informing the man's next of kin and were working closely with Bestival organisers to establish if anyone involved in the collision had a connection to the music festival.

'Tragic incident'

A Bestival spokesperson said: "This is a tragic incident and our thoughts are with the family affected. We are assisting the police with their investigation."

Part of Mersley Down Road remained closed for several hours but reopened on Sunday afternoon.

Festival workers and buses were able to use the Bestival production exit, but it was closed to members of the public.

A total of 50,000 people are attending the three-day festival at Robin Hill Country Park, organised by Radio 1 DJ Rob da Bank.

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