Man arrested at Latitude over rape allegations

24-year old was held over sexual assault claim at Suffolk festival

A 24-year old man has been arrested over an alleged rape at this weekend’s Latitude Festival.

According to BBC News, police were called at 7am (BST) Sunday (July 17) and cordoned off a section of the campsite in order to carry out a thorough investigation after the alleged victim, a 20-year old woman, reported the incident.

The man, who is from Ipswich and thought to be known to the alleged victim, was released on bail this morning (July 18) after being questioned in Lowestoft police station at length. He has been granted bail until September 14.

This is the second year in succession that there have been arrests made on sexual charges at Latitude Festival. In 2010, two separate cases of rape were reported and a full investigation was subsequently carried out, with no charges ultimately brought.

Festival organizer Melvin Benn told the East Anglia Daily Times that he did not believe the allegation reflected badly on the festival. He said: “If the allegations are true, it’s horrible. It’s zero reflection on Latitude Festival and the festival-goer. I am very happy with security. I am happy with town pastors that have come to the area and been talking to festival goers. We have provided a great, secure festival.”

Latitude Festival was headlined by Suede, Paolo Nutini and The National.