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"We take all allegations of this nature very seriously and we are conducting a full investigation. A man and a boy were arrested very soon after the report was made, thanks to the quick response of on-site security and Thames Valley Police officers.

There is currently a scene watch in place and I would like to reassure those attending the festival that crime levels remain low and crimes of this nature are very rare.

Officers are patrolling the site to support on-site security and if anyone has any concerns, please feel free to approach our officers to discuss these.

Throughout the festival we are updating our Reading Festival Twitter and Instagram feeds with safety messages and security information from the festival, and we suggest that anyone who wishes to enjoy the festival safely follow these."

Anyone with any information about this incident is asked to call the Thames Valley Police enquiry line on 101 or the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111 or online at crimestoppers-uk.org.

– Chief Inspector Dave Parker. Thames Valley Police

Sex attack in caravan on site

Two people, including a 14-year-old boy, have been arrested on suspicion of raping a young woman at Reading Festival.

The victim - who is 19 - reported being subjected to the sex attack in a caravan on the festival traders' site last night.

She had earlier met a man and a boy near an ice cream van opposite a mobile phone charging point in one of the campsites.

A boy of 14, from Surrey, and a 31-year-old man from London were being held in police custody on suspicion of rape, Thames Valley Police said.

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Stripped down to his jeans, David Beckham gets drenched

David Beckham got a drenching today, the latest celebrity to take part in the ALS ice bucket challenge. He was nominated by American TV presenter Ryan Seacrest.

Stripped down to his jeans three men soak him using one of the biggest buckets yet. Beckham went on to nominate Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Celebrities across the board have endured the viral ice bucket challenge, read more about it here.

Average London house prices rise to £499,000

House prices in London have continued to rise around twice as quickly as those across the UK, with the capital seeing a 19.3% jump in prices in the 12 months to June.

Today's figures have been released by the ONS
Today's figures have been released by the ONS Credit: PA

Figures from the Office for National Statistics show the average house price in London is now just shy of half a million pounds, at £499,000.

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Rail fare rise a 'kick in the teeth' for passengers

The RMT union, which campaigns for the railways to return to public ownership, has said that next year's fare rise is a "kick in the teeth" for rail passengers.

With the “flex” rule passengers are facing fare increases of up to 5.5% at a time when wages are stagnating. People will simply be priced off the railways while the greedy train operating companies are laughing all the way to the bank. This is a kick in the teeth for the millions of British people who use our trains ... With Northern Rail already axing off-peak tickets, with others set to follow, we are once again ratcheting up the highest rail fares in Europe to travel on some of the most clapped-out and overcrowded services ...

– Mick Cash, RMT Acting General Secretary

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Rail travel 'out of the reach of ordinary people'

Rail travel is being pushed "out the reach of some ordinary people" by fare increases, the head of a public transport advocacy group said.

Stephen Joseph, executive director of the Campaign for Better Transport, told Good Morning Britain that Government-dictated ticket price hikes mean rail fares are rising four times faster than wages.

Commuters will find out how much rail fares are likely to rise by next year when the Retail Price Index (RPI) for last month is released today.

The annual increase is capped at July's RPI plus 1%, with an extra 2% added to some tickets.

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