Rape arrest made at music festival

Date: Tuesday 1st August 2017

A MAN was arrested on suspicion of rape at this year's Kendal Calling music festival, police have confirmed.

The man has since been released under investigation and the alleged victim is being supported.

A total of 14 people were arrested or dealt with for drug offences at this year's festival compared to 54 last year.

Senior officers praised sniffer dogs and their handlers for the "dramatically reduced" number at this year's event where, for the first time, the constabulary's entire dog section was present.

The team worked from Monday until Sunday carrying out drug searches.

Chief Inspector Andy Wilkinson said: "Months of planning took place for this event and it is down to the partnership working between the police, festival organisers, security teams and other key agencies that the result has been an enjoyable event for most.

"This year I’d particularly like to praise the dog section, and our handler colleagues, who worked tirelessly throughout the week in order to reduce the amount of illegal substances being brought in to the site. At one gate alone, we were able to prevent more than 200 street deals from entering the festival, due to the planning and operation put into place.

"The significant reduction in drug-related crime is testament to all officers' dedication and we will look to continue this approach in future years. The amnesty bins were also widely used and we continue to support The Loop front-of-house testing service, which was a fantastic resource that offered an extra level of safeguarding to festival goers."

Officers arrested four people on suspicion of possession with intent to supply class A drugs and one on suspicion of possession with intent to supply psychoactive substances.

Police also arrested four people on suspicion of burglary of a portable building and two on suspicion of drug driving.

A further four people were dealt with for possession of class A drugs and five for possession of class B drugs.

Police say there was also one report of a sexual assault, four of common assault and six reports of theft from a tent. All are under investigation by police.

Chief Inspector Wilkinson said: "Although we did make a number of arrests, this number is relatively small in comparison to the large volume of people who attended the festival, and we are pleased that most enjoyed the music and had a great time despite the weather conditions and the mud.

"Unfortunately there were some serious crimes committed, and our specialist detectives are now working hard to investigate these, and support the victims."