Cumbria

Man arrested on suspicion of rape at Kendal Calling music event

A man has been arrested on suspicion of rape at a music festival in Cumbria.

Police said the attack happened at the Kendal Calling event which ended on Sunday and the suspect had been released while inquiries continued.

Drug tests have been carried out during the event, with Cumbria Police saying arrests were down to 14 compared with 54 in 2016.

The force said the use of dog patrols, testing and amnesty bins had helped to keep arrests down.

As spokesman for Kendal Calling said: "Our whole team is sickened and saddened by the alleged sexual assaults. Absolutely no instance of sexual assault on any level is acceptable, either at festivals or in society as a whole.

"Kendal Calling is committed to supporting any victim, both at the event and following it.

"This year we have been involved in the creation of a campaign, with the Association of Independent Festivals, which raised awareness and encouraged people to understand what constitutes sexual assault and to report it if it happens."

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