Bestival murder: man arrested after woman's body found in festival woods

Anthony Pearce
A man has been arrested on suspicion of murder (Rex)

A 28-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of murder after the body of a woman was in the woods at Bestival.

The woman, 25, was found at the edge of festival’s site at Lulworth Castle in Dorset.

She has not been named but is from London and had been attending the music festival this weekend.

She was reported missing shortly before 1am on Monday.

“Very sadly, following a search of the area the body of the woman was located in a wooded area on the edge of the festival site,” a spokesperson for Dorset Police said.

“An investigation is underway to establish the circumstances surrounding her death and a cordon is in place on site while forensic examinations are being carried out.”

Police added that a 28-year-old man from London has been arrested on suspicion of murder.

Detective chief inspector Sarah Derbyshire said: “Enquiries are now underway to establish how she died.

“A post-mortem examination will be carried out in due course and this should give us more of an indication as to the cause of her death.

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“We are working closely with the festival organisers and I would appeal to anyone with any information about the incident to contact Dorset Police.”

“Following today’s news announcement, the team at Bestival are devastated to hear about this tragic news,” Bestival said in a statement.

“We continue to support the police in their ongoing investigation and our thoughts and prayers are with all the woman’s family and friends.

The festival, which ran from Thursday to Sunday, was headlined by The xx, A Tribe Called Quest and the Pet Shop Boys.

Anyone with information should contact Dorset Police online, by emailing 101@dorset.pnn.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting incident number 11:36.

Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111 or online.