A 54-year-old man has been arrested after a 21-year-old woman was allegedly raped during a festival of Christian worship organized by “London’s fanciest church”.
Police were called to the Focus Festival at the 7,000-acre Somerley Estate in Hampshire in the early hours of Wednesday morning.
The man, who is not from the Hampshire region, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of rape and remains in detention, cops said.
Officers say they received a report that a sexual assault took place between 1:30 a.m. and 2 a.m. on August 1.
Hampshire Police said the alleged victim was receiving support from specialist officers.
Festival-goers said they saw police at the scene as those camping were packing to leave the event, which ended on Tuesday.
It was hosted by Holy Trinity Brompton (HTB), an Anglican church in South Kensington, west London, which has been in existence since 1992.
The annual summer festival sees thousands of Christians come together for a week of teaching, worship and networking.
Speakers this year included the Bishop of London, the Right Reverend Dame Sarah Mullally and American evangelical author RT Kendall.
David Cameron’s speechwriter Danny Kruger described HTB as one of the “chic white churches in central London”.
A Hampshire Police spokesperson said: “We were called at 5:06 am on August 1 to report that a 21 year old woman was allegedly sexually assaulted at the Focus Festival which was being held at the Somerley Estate, north of Ringwood in a given time between 1:30 and 2 a.m.
âThe victim is taken care of by specialized agents.
“A 54-year-old man who is not from Hampshire has been arrested on suspicion of rape and remains in custody for the time being.”
HTB declined to comment and told Premier Christian Radio it was a police matter.
Sun Online has contacted organizers for a statement.
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