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Last Updated: Monday, 30 August, 2004, 09:25 GMT 10:25 UK
Religion show stand fall probed
grandstand collapse near Lincoln

An investigation is under way to discover how grandstand seating collapsed during a prayer session at a religious festival in Lincolnshire.

Four people were seriously injured in the accident at Grapevine Christian Festival near Lincoln on Sunday.

A small section of the grandstand gave way and more than a dozen people suffered minor injuries.

Grapevine spokesman Brian Keel said: "We don't know what caused it to collapse, it just gave way."

He added: "People were involved in worship when it was happening.

"There was a senior police officer in the venue and he took control in less than a minute. He took over the evacuation of the marquee so the affected areas were evacuated first.
All credit to the organisers who had a contingency plan for something like this
Dick Holmes
Lincolnshire Police

A police spokesman said: "It would seem there is nobody with life-threatening injuries as far as we can tell."

The 5,000-capacity marquee was close to full when the incident happened.

Insp Dick Holmes of Lincolnshire Police said: "All credit to the organisers who had a contingency plan for something like this. There was no panic, and it looks like it could have been a lot worse."

He said the Health and Safety Executive would launch an investigation.

A hotline has been set up for people who are worried about friends and family who attended the festival.

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