Police probe dance festival rape claims
TWO allegations of rape were reported to police at this year’s Creamfields festival. Data released under the Freedom Of Information Act (FOI) showed the incidents were said to have taken place on Saturday, September 26.
In each alleged incident the victim was female.
Officers also received a report of a sexual assault on Friday, September 25.
The crime reports were revealed as Cheshire police published data relating to a request for details of violent and sexual offences alleged to have taken place at the four-day dance music festival.
There were 12 offences of violence, two of which were assaults without injury on police constables – in both cases involving revellers spitting at the officer.
Two other assaults without injury were recorded, one in which the victim received a blow to the back of the head after an argument with an unknown male and the other involving a punch to a festival-goer’s face causing slight reddening.
Eight offences of assault with injury were recorded, most involving a punch to the face and injuries such as to the nose, nose and eye or pain in the cheek.
One attack, which attracted national press coverage, resulted in a lacerated cheek.
Another assault took place when a reveller threw a camping chair at someone.
A spokeswoman for Cheshire police’s data team said details of where the investigations are up to cannot be published to reduce the risk of sending perpetrators to ground.
In response to a separate FOI request, North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) revealed that it had received 999 calls to the site nine times during the four days of revelry.
However, an NWAS spokeswoman said these would not include emergencies dealt with on site by the private festival medical team.
In four of the calls the ambulance was called off after not being required – for two seizures, for an abandoned call and one ‘null’ event meaning the call did not last long enough to establish what was supposed to have happened.
Two trips to hospital were required, one for someone who had fallen unconscious or fainted and another where in which paramedics had responded to the incident while passing by, although no details were provided.
The other three attendances at the festival were for someone falling unconscious or fainting, one overdose and one person suffering abdominal pains or problems.
Creamfields is a major festival and this year was attended by 70,000 revellers over four days.
By comparison, and assuming that crime reporting rates were the same, the rate of assaults appears to be lower than for Halton as a whole, where the event took place.
According to latest recorded crime figures, ● for the 12 months to July 2017, there were 2,873 assaults with and without injury in Halton, which works out as just under eight per day, or 31.5 over four days.
Halton’s rate of assaults for a population the size of Creamfields would be 17.4 over the four days, greater than the 12 recorded at Creamfields.
During the same period there were 221 sexual offences, which would work out as about 1.3 incidents, lower than the three reported at the festival over four days.
Cheshire police declared at the end of the Creamfields 2017 festival that the policing operation had been a ‘huge success’ with 153 arrests: 131 for drug supply, and others including for weapon possession, violence and criminals wanted for other offences being discovered.
Two alleged rapes were reported at this year’s Creamfields