Teenagers dragged girls down the alley at Horse Fair before raping them

Police keep watch over the town's main street as two boys on horseback accost two girls at a crossroads at the Appleby Horse Fair, the largest gathering of gypsies and travelers in Europe, August 14, 2021 in Appleby, Britain. The Appleby Horse Fair attracts thousands of Gypsies, Roma and travelers each year, making it the largest event of its kind in Europe. The fair, which is generally held for a week every June, has been postponed in 2020 and postponed to August 2021 due to coronavirus. (Photo by Daniel Harvey Gonzalez/In Pictures via Getty Images)

The Appleby Horse Fair is the largest gathering of gypsies and travelers in Europe (Image: Getty)

Two teenagers have appeared in court accused of raping a young girl at Appleby Horse Fair.

The event brings together thousands of travelers from across Europe to celebrate their culture.

Two teenagers who are first cousins ​​reached out to a 15-year-old girl who was present in May 2019, Carlisle Crown Court has heard.

MailOnline reports how the couple, who were not named, then “frog marched” them down an alley.

Prosecutor Tim Evans said the schoolgirl never met the two men before the attack.

According to MailOnline, he told the court: “The defendants shouted at her, followed her and her wrist was grabbed as she walked over a bridge.

“She was then taken to a secluded alleyway on the city center side of the bridge.”

The jury was told that one of the defendants “acted as a lookout” while the other raped the girl before they switched places.

Returning to friends at the fair, the girl was described as “fearful and shaking” and appeared “very pale, like she was about to faint”.

She reportedly told them to “get me out of here.”

Both teenagers, who have now turned 18, denied the assault but were convicted after a three-week trial at Carlise Crown Court.

Now they face imprisonment for raping the girl.

According to MailOnline, the couple claimed that despite being a minor, the girl had consented to the sexual activity.

Both men remained silent during their questioning by police, the court was later told.

It took a jury 10 hours and 43 minutes to return two guilty verdicts for the two teenagers – who were remanded in custody following the verdict.

They are due to be sentenced on February 17.

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