Richard Orange, Telegraph, July 4, 2016
Police in Sweden are investigating five reported rapes and nearly forty instances of groping at two music festivals over the weekend.
“Foreign young men“ were blamed by police for the attacks at one of the festivals and at least two unaccompanied migrant youths were under arrest.
Police recorded five reports of rapes and 12 of sexual molestation at Bravalla, Sweden’s biggest music festival, and 35 reports of sexual molestation at Putte i Parken, a free festival in Karlstad, where the youngest victim was just twelve years old.
Two of the seven young men suspected of mounting a campaign of aggressive groping at the second festival were unaccompanied refugee youth, reportedly living at a nearby accommodation centre.
Police are looking for a man who speaks “flawless Swedish” in connection with one of the five rapes at the first festival.
An anonymous 15-year-old girl told Expressen newspaper that no fewer than five of her six friends had been sexually molested by “foreign youths” during the Karlstad event.
A man had come up behind her and started grinding against her, she said. A young man had groped one of her friends through her jeans.
Alexandra Larsson, 17, told MailOnline that she had not seen exactly who had assaulted her at Putte i Parken.
She stressed, however, that that the group of 18-19 year old boys standing behind her were “not from a Swedish background”.