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Man, 54, arrested after woman, 21, allegedly raped at Christian worship festival organised by ‘London’s poshest church’

A 54-YEAR-old man has been arrested after a woman, 21, was allegedly raped at a Christian worship festival organised by “London’s poshest church”.

Police were called to Focus Festival at the 7,000-acre Somerley Estate in Hampshire in the early hours of Wednesday morning.

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A man, 54, has been arrested after a 21-year-old woman was allegedly raped at Focus Festival, file image

The man, who is not from the Hampshire area, was arrested at the scene on suspicion of rape and remains in custody, cops said.

Officers say they received a report that a sexual assault had taken place between 1.30am and 2am on August 1.

Hampshire Police said the alleged victim is receiving support from specialist officers.

Festival goers reported seeing police on site as those camping were packing up to leave the event, which finished on Tuesday.

 The event was organised by Holy Trinity Brompton (HTB), an Anglican church in South Kensington, west London

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The event was organised by Holy Trinity Brompton (HTB), an Anglican church in South Kensington, west London

It was hosted by Holy Trinity Brompton (HTB), an Anglican church in South Kensington, west London, which has been running since 1992.

The annual summer festival sees thousands of Christians gather for a week of teaching, worship and networking.

Speakers this year included the Bishop of London, the Right Rev Dame Sarah Mullally, and US evangelical author RT Kendall.

David Cameron’s speechwriter Danny Kruger once described HTB one of the “posh white churches of central London”.

A Hampshire Police spokesman said: “We were called at 05.06am on August 1 to a report of a 21-year-old woman being sexually assaulted at the Focus Festival which was being held at the Somerley Estate, north of Ringwood at some point between 1.30am and 2am.

“The victim is receiving support from specialist officers.

“A 54 year-old man who is not from Hampshire has been arrested on suspicion of rape and remains in custody at this time.”

HTB has declined to comment and told Premier Christian Radio it was a police matter.

Sun Online has reached out to the organisers for a statement.


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