Two arrested at Reading Festival on suspicion of rape

A 31-year-old man and 14-year-old boy have been taken into custody

Police have arrested a 31-year-old man and a 14-year-old boy on suspicion of raping a 19-year-old woman at the Reading festival.

According to The BBC, the victim reported being attacked in a caravan on the festival traders’ site on Thursday (August 21) night after meeting the man and boy near an ice-cream van, opposite a mobile phone charging point, in one of the campsites.

Both the man and boy remain in police custody.

“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,” said Chief Inspector Dave Parker of Thames Valley Police.

“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.”

Melvin Benn, Managing Director of Reading organisers Festival Republic said in a statement: “The incident happened last night and is very distressing. The speed at which we were able to assist the young woman and put the two men in custody is at least reassuring for our audience that the perpetrators are now in custody and cooperating with the police in their enquiries.”

He added: “This is a very rare incident at Reading Festival which has 90,000 people attending and festival goers and their families can be reassured that we take all aspects of safety at the festival very seriously.”

According to police figures, there have so far been 21 reported crimes at the festival site since Wednesday, including five alleged drugs offences and 13 suspected thefts.