Police probe second rape at Latitude

POLICE are investigating a second rape allegation at the Latitude Festival, it emerged today.

A 17-year-old girl from Suffolk came forward on Saturday afternoon to say she had been raped in a tent on the campsite on Friday night. A 19-year-old Essex man was arrested and quizzed, but has been released on police bail until September 2.

Officers say initial indications are that the attack is not linked to the gang rape of a young woman at the festival, at Henham Park near Southwold, on Thursday night.

Following the report of the attack on the 17-year-old, officers immediately went to the site and with help from the teenager’s friends located the tent where the incident is alleged to have happened.

The man was arrested around 9.10pm last night and is currently in custody at Lowestoft Police Station where he will be interviewed by officers.

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Last night, uniformed police officers were carrying out joint patrols with security staff employed by the organisers Festival Republic and haned out flyers on the site. These carried a simple appeal for information following the incident on Thursday.

Officers are also sending messages to Bluetooth-enabled mobile phones on the site in order to reach as many potential witnesses to the rape as possible.

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In the Thursday night attack, the woman had left her tent in the red area of the campsite around 10pm - 10.30pm to find the toilet but lost her bearings and approached a group of young men for help.

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

Police are continuing to appeal for help in locating this group, which included one man described as white with dark curly hair, around 5ft 7ins tall, of medium build, possibly in his 20s and with a cockney accent.

Officers also still need to speak to anyone who was approached by a young woman asking for directions on the site around 10pm – 10.30pm on Thursday.

At the time she was wearing denim jeggings, a yellow and white check shirt, a black cardigan and Wellington boots and police need to trace to anyone who may have seen a young woman matching this description talking to males on the site around this time.

Police say they have continued to liaise with festival organisers and the victim and her family as they continue to investigate the incident.

Officers are renewing appeals for anyone with information to call Suffolk Police on 01473 613500 and are still urging groups of friends to stay together and to look out for each other.

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