Police continue Latitude rape investigation

POLICE are continuing to follow up several lines of enquiry after the rape of a 19-year-old girl at the Latitude music festival.

Officers are also renewing appeals for revellers to get in touch if they have any information that they think can help.

Up to 15,000 flyers were distributed on the Henham park site over the weekend by police and security staff employed by organisers Festival Republic.

As thousands of festival goers returned home police renewed pleas for anyone who may have seen the 19-year-old woman from Norfolk around 10pm - 10.30pm on Thursday night to come forward.

Detective chief inspector David Cutler, who is leading the investigation, said: “We are particularly keen to trace a man described as of muscular build with a shaved head who was among those who left the group before the incident occurred as he may have important information that can help the enquiry.

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“We also need to trace a man described as white with dark curly hair, around 5ft 7ins tall, of medium build, possibly in his 20s and with a cockney accent and described as ‘looking like a student’ who walked with the young woman into the wooded area.”

The woman - who was wearing denim jeggings, a yellow and white check shirt, a black cardigan and Wellington boots - left her tent in the red area of the campsite to find the toilet but lost her bearings and approached a group of young men for directions.

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After walking with the group for some distance some of the males left to go in another direction while the other males led the victim off a path and into a wooded area where she was raped by at least one of them.

DCI Cutler added: “Please take a look at her description and see if you remember being approached by her around 10pm - 10.30pm on Thursday for directions. Or, if you were out on the site around this time, did you see her?”

A 19-year-old man from Essex arrested following a second allegation of rape at Latitude has been bailed to return to Lowestoft police station on Thursday, September 2, pending further investigation into a claim made by a 17-year-old girl from Suffolk on Saturday, July 17.

Police are not linking the two incidents.

Anyone with information about the men or the group in the first incident is urged to call Suffolk police on 01473 613500, or Crimestoppers, anonymously if required, on 0800 555111.

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