Reading Festival 2014: Two arrested on suspicion of raping young woman

The pair arrested include a 14-year-old teenager

A 14-year-old boy and a 31-year-old man have been bailed after being arrested on suspicion of raping a young woman at Reading Festival.

The 19-year-old victim reported that she was raped in a caravan on the festival traders’ site on Thursday night.

She said she had earlier met a man and a boy near an ice cream van opposite a mobile phone charging point in one of the campsites.

The boy, 14, from Surrey, and a man from London, 31, were being held in police custody on suspicion of rape, Thames Valley Police said, but have now been released on bail. A condition of their bail includes them staying away from the festival for the rest of the weekend.

Chief Inspector Dave Parker said: “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."

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Police said there have been 21 crimes at the festival site since Wednesday so far, including five alleged drugs offences and 13 suspected thefts.

Mr Parker said: "I know many people will be celebrating their A-level and GCSE results and officers are working to make sure this is a safe environment in which to have fun."

Last year, the festival saw a rare death, when 17-year-old Esmé Blore-Rimmer was taken ill, and later suffered a fatal cardiac arrest.

The arrests came as festival-goers began arriving at the site to watch acts including the Arctic Monkeys, Blink-182 and Paramore.

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