Teenage music fan raped at T in the Park campsite

The clear-up begins at Strathallan Castle. Picture: SWNS
The clear-up begins at Strathallan Castle. Picture: SWNS

Police investigate attack and deaths of 2 festival-goers

POLICE have launched an investigation after an 18-year-old woman was raped at T in the Park.

The incident happened on Thursday evening at the music festival’s campsite at Strathallan Castle, Perthshire.

The teenage victim is believed to have been attacked after spending the night in the famous Slam Tent dance arena.

It comes as officers continue to probe the deaths of Peter MacCallum and Megan Bell, both 17, at the festival in the early hours of Friday morning.

Police said they were not treating the deaths as suspicious, and it is thought they may be linked to drug abuse.

Meanwhile, concerns are mounting for a teenage girl after she failed to return home from the three-day event.

Megan Wilson, 18, from Cumbria, was last seen at T in the Park on Sunday night before she got split up from her friends – and failed to show up for the bus home. She is described as around 5ft tall with blond hair.

In total, 429 crimes were reported at this year’s festival, compared with 414 in 2015. Officers made 54 arrests – down three on the year before.

And figures released by the Scottish Ambulance Service show 541 people attended the festival’s hospital tent, with 27 sent to hospital.

Police Scotland’s Superintendent Conrad Trickett said the deaths of two young people was “an awful tragedy”, and insisted officers’ “hearts go out to their families”.

He added: “However, in general, this was a good-natured event with festival-goers well behaved and enjoying themselves. We are pleased to see the reduction in serious assaults and thefts while a robust approach by the event organisers and ourselves in tackling anyone trying to bring drugs into the festival has brought a welcome increase in the number of seizures.”

But critics said the deaths and reports of widespread drug abuse raised questions about public safety.

Liz Smith, Tory MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, said: “I think many people – including myself – gave DF Concerts the benefit of the doubt that they could sort the problems for 2016.

“Sadly, however, this year’s deaths will raise yet more questions about public safety – rightly so. In particular, it will raise questions about whether everything possible really is being done to safeguard the safety of those who attend the event.”

Nick Moore, from the Scottish Ambulance Service, said revellers had given crews “no real cause for concern”. He added: “We’ve seen a slightly lower stream of people over the weekend, mainly for minor issues.”