Man arrested on suspicion of rape at V Festival

41 others also arrested during the festival in Chelmsford, Essex over the weekend

A man was arrested at V Festival over the weekend in Essex for alleged sexual assault.

Police reports state that a 21-year-old individual was detained at the Chelmsford event after a woman was allegedly raped at the festival site on Friday (August 21).

“A 21-year-old man is in custody following an allegation of rape in Hylands Park, Chelmsford,” an Essex police spokesperson said.


“Police were contacted shortly before 1.30am on Sunday August 23 with reports that a woman in her forties had been raped on the outskirts of the site.”

The statement added: “Officers attended and arrested a suspect on suspicion of rape. He remains in custody being questioned by detectives. Inquiries are ongoing.”

Forty-one others were also arrested during the weekend for a variety of offences.

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Meanwhile, festival headliners Kasabian paid tribute to the late Cilla Black during their set.

The group dedicated ‘Goodbye Kiss’ to her, a song from their fourth album ‘Velociraptor!’ Behind them, the word ‘pure’ was projected onto the back of the stage.

As part of their set, the band played a selection of songs from their five albums, including ‘Underdog’, ‘Shoot The Runner’, ‘eez-eh’ and ‘Days Are Forgotten’. They also covered The Fugees’ ‘Ready Or Not’, and performed one of their frequent covers, Fatboy Slim’s ‘Praise You’, before jumping into the crowd.