Police give reminder on sexual consent

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Rape and sexual assault should not go hand-in-hand with the carefree nature of music concerts, police are warning as the festival season gets underway.

Bedfordshire Police is targeting those who think it acceptable to sexually assault or rape vulnerable people during summer festivities and are urging them to think twice about what constitutes consent.

With the recent Bank Holiday’s Radio 1 Big Weekend concert came the start of a series of outdoor, weekend-long events enjoyed by thousands of music fans up and down the country.

Revellers travelling from Bedfordshire to any events are reminded to take note of personal safety advice, and remember that the often heady combinations of sunshine and alcohol are no excuse for sexual abuse.

Detective Inspector Jenni McIntyre-Smith said: “Festivals are a great way of enjoying live acts with friends and that’s exactly what we hope will be the experience for all Bedfordshire music fans travelling to any of this summer’s events. We would always reiterate the importance of having responsibility for your safety at festivals, making sure you don’t walk back to your tent alone or leave a friend alone in a vulnerable state.”