Guildford ‘unplanned gathering’ of 150 people sees two arrested on suspicion of sexual assault

Police say two men were arrested on suspicion of robbery, possessing offensive weapons, and sexual assault after an “unplanned gathering” at Merrow Downs. The men – aged 22 and 24 – have since been released under investigation.

Officers say they were called to the Guildford beauty spot at around 10.30pm on Sunday, September 18. Around 100 to 150 young people had gathered at the site.

Police received reports of “several offences” including robbery, assaults, possession of offensive weapons and sex attacks. Officers now want to speak to people who may have been at the gathering.

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Guildford Borough Commander Alick James, of Surrey Police, said: “We appreciate that this incident may have caused disruption and concern amongst the local community and I would like to reassure you that we carrying out a full and thorough investigation into a number of offences which were alleged to have taken place.”

Detective Constable Pete Coe, who is investigating the matter, said: “This was a large scale gathering which has then escalated into a situation where numerous offences have been alleged. If you were present during this incident, and believe you may have been a victim of a crime, or a witness to offences, then I urge you to come forward to assist the investigation. Likewise, if you are aware of any video or photographic footage of the incident, please contact us and share this with us so we can establish what has happened and ensure that any offenders are brought to justice.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact Surrey Police online or by calling 101 quoting incident PR/45220100565. Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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