Wednesday, August 30, 2006


Police are trying to find witnesses to a rape on the Leeds Festival site on Sunday night, during or shortly after the Arctic Monkeys played. The 27 year-old woman was attacked behind the toilet blocks near a Mexican food stall; at least four people saw the assault taking place although they may not have realised what they were watching:

Detective Superintendent Paul Taylor said: “We would urgently like to speak to these four men.

“They were in no way involved and were simply unwitting witnesses. But they could have important evidence for us.

“The music was very loud and there was a lot of yelling and screaming from people at the festival. We think they just dismissed it as a courting couple involved in horseplay.

“They wouldn’t have realised it was serious sexual assault. It was either whilst The Arctic Monkeys were on stage or soon after.”

The rapist is described as being in his 20s, 6ft with dark hair and wearing a dark overcoat and white T-shirt.