Police investigate reported rape at Reading Festival

Police investigate reported rape at Reading Festival

Police investigate reported rape at Reading Festival

First published in News Bucks Free Press: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A TEENAGER was allegedly raped at Reading Festival last night.

A 19-year-old girl reported the incident to police after meeting a man and a boy near an ice cream van and mobile phone charging point in the grounds of the festival at about 11.30pm yesterday.

The victim reported that she had subsequently been raped in a caravan on the festival traders site.

A 31-year-old man from London and a 14-year-old boy from Surrey have been arrested on suspicion of rape and are currently in police custody.

Chief Inspector Dave Parker said: “We take all allegations of this nature very seriously and we are conducting a full investigation.

“A man and a boy were arrested very soon after the report was made, thanks to the quick response of on-site security and Thames Valley Police officers.

“There is currently a scene watch in place and I would like to reassure those attending the festival that crime levels remain low and crimes of this nature are very rare.

“Officers are patrolling the site to support on-site security and if anyone has any concerns, please feel free to approach our officers to discuss these.”

In total Thames Valley Police has recorded 21 crimes taking place at the festival.

Five drugs offences, one public order offence, one robbery of personal property and 13 thefts have been recorded since Wednesday, August 20.

There have been 20 arrests made so far. Of these, three were people arrested on suspicion of robbery, one arrested on suspicion of fraud, and others for drugs possession and supply offences and public order offences.

Chief Inspector Parker added: “We urge members of the public not to bring valuables to the site unless they need to do so.

“If you do need to bring valuables with you, we are offering free clear plastic wallets to festival goers which can be used to safely keep valuables such as car keys, mobile phones and cash, with you at all times.

“These are available on entry to the site. Festival organisers are also providing lockers on site to store larger personal items.

“Do not leave valuables on show, either in your tents, in open bags or in your back pocket, as we have had some pick-pocketing incidents. We are keen for everyone to have an enjoyable experience at the festival.

“I know many people will be celebrating their A-level and GCSE results and officers are working to make sure this is a safe environment in which to have fun.”

If you have any information, please contact police on 101.

Alternatively, you can contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org For updates from the festival, you can follow police Twitter accounts @TVP_Readingfest or on Instagram @ThamesValleyPolice.

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