Man & boy, 14, arrested on suspicion of rape on Reading Festival grounds

Man & boy, 14, arrested on suspicion of rape on Reading Festival grounds

Hannah Crouch

Two men have been arrested on suspicion of rape following an incident in the grounds of Reading Festival last night.

A 19-year-old woman met a man and a boy near an ice-cream van opposite one of the mobile phone charging points in one of the campsites at around 11.30pm.

The woman reported that she had 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.”

Call 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 with information.

So far Thames Valley Police have recorded 21 crimes. 

Since Wednesday there have been five drugs offences, one public order offence, one robbery of personal property and 13 thefts recorded.

There have also been 20 arrests, three of which 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.

Police will be handing out free clear plastic wallets to festival goers which can be used to safely store their valuables.


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