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Download Festival crime incidents in the spotlight; Police probe 90 crimes including two sexual assaults.


DOWNLOAD Festival saw 90 crimes reported by punters - including two sexual assaults.

Police are probing two claims of sex assaults after the music bash in Castle Donington.

The bash wrapped up for the year with 80,000 people flooding through the gates at Donington Park.

The alleged assaults, which police said were not linked, were reported to Leicestershire Police during the rain-drenched festival.

Two men who were arrested following the reports have been released from custody but remain under investigation, a force spokeswoman said.

In all, the force has recorded 90 crimes as having been committed during the Donington Park event, reports LeicestershireLive.

Thefts from tents accounted for 29 of those while there were 32 'thefts from the person' - typically committed by sneak thieves operating in the close confines of the main arena.

A spokeswoman said a total of 14 people were arrested over the course of the event, including the two sexual assault suspects.

Five of these are being investigated for alleged drug dealing, while three people who were detained for possession of drugs were dealt by 'community resolution'.

There were no arrests over the thefts.

It comes after detectives have launched an investigation after three separate drones disrupted flights at an airport during a nearby music festival.

Leicestershire Police said a pilot of one of the unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) had been interviewed by officers after it was reported to police at 9.30am on Saturday near to the Download Festival at Donington Park. Two further drones were reported inside the restricted airspace at East Midlands Airport at midnight and Sunday at 1.30pm.

The force said it carried out its inquiries in conjunction with the Civil Aviation Authority and East Midlands Airport.

A number of flights were delayed at the airport as a result of the drones.

Police said despite extensive inquiries at the scene the pilots of the two other UAVs involved have not yet been identified.

A spokeswoman for the Leicestershire force said: "We are aware of three incidents where an unmanned aerial vehicle has been flown in restricted airspace near to the Download Festival at Donington Park, Castle Donington. "The first incident was reported to police at around 9.30am on Saturday, June 15.

"Inquiries were carried out to find who was responsible and the pilot was subsequently identified.

"He was interviewed by officers and an investigation is continuing."

She continued: "Further incidents were reported at around midnight and 1.30pm on Sunday.

"Despite extensive inquiries at the scene the pilots involved have not been identified.

"Officers carried out their inquiries in conjunction with the Civil Aviation Authority and East Midlands Airport."

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Publication:Loughborough Echo (Loughborough, England)
Date:Jul 3, 2019
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