FURY has erupted in Sweden after it emerged that more than 20 girls have been sexually assaulted at a popular festival.
Police confirmed they have received 22 reports from women saying they have been attacked during the We are Stockholm event.
Officials said seven complaints came on the festival’s first day on Tuesday this week, with another 15 reported by Thursday.
Stockholm police added the figure was expected to increase as the event is still ongoing.
They also refused to disclose the nationality of the suspected assailants.
Police spokesman Kjell Lindgren said: “Many report the incidents a while after the assault happened, so there is reason to believe the figure will increase.”
The official said the majority of the reports had involved men groping girls in the crowd.
Mr Lindgren added police had identified the assailants in about half the reported incidents as he said it is believed the same person had committed several assaults.
Police officer Mats Eriksson said the reported attacks had happened while the artists were on stage.
He added: “It is difficult to identify the perpetrators because there are so many people in a small area.
“Many [girls] say they have experienced an assault, but have no idea of who did it.”
The assaults come after the We are Stockholm music festival has been heavily criticised for covering up a series of sex attacks during last years arrangement.
It only came to light after the Cologne assaults in Germany on New Years Eve, the event’s management was slammed for not informing the public about girls as young as 12 being attacked by migrant youths.
Sweden has been hit by a series of shocking attacks this summer and young girls have now turned on the police after they urged the teenagers to wear bracelets telling men “not to grope”.