Police renew witness appeal following alleged rapes at Latitude

Suffolk force asking for information regarding incidents

Suffolk police have renewed their appeal for information regarding two alleged rapes that took place at the Latitude festival last week (July 15-18).

A 19 year-old woman was allegedly raped on the campsite of the event on Thursday night, then on Sunday a second, unrelated alleged rape took place on a 17 year-old girl.

Now the Suffolk Constabulary are asking those who may have returned from the festival over the past few days to give over any information about the incidents they might have.

They are asking anyone who may have seen the 19 year-old woman on the Latitude site around 10pm (BST) to 10:30pm on Thursday night to come forward. The woman – who was wearing denim joggings, 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.

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 allegedly raped by at least one of them.

Police are continuing to appeal for any members of this group to come forward and are asking anyone with information about who they are to get in touch with officers as soon as possible.

Detective Chief Inspector David Cutler 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.”

Police are asking anyone who saw the woman or anyone with information about the men or the group is asked to call Suffolk Police on 01473 613500, or Crimestoppers, anonymously if required, on 0800 555111.