Shortly before two British teenagers were raped, a group of men can be seen heading for a dark corner of the Italian villa compound: the police released a CCTV picture when four were arrested
- Girls were attacked after a party in the small town of Marconia in southern Italy
- The girls, allegedly teenagers, were also beaten and kicked by a group of boys
- After alerting the authorities, they were taken to a hospital in the city of Matera
- One of the girls is said to have a family in the area who moved from England
- The 12,000 residents of Marconia are said to have wavered after the news of the crime
Just before two British girls were raped, a group of men were captured on video surveillance towards a dark corner in the grounds of an Italian villa.
Two of the men are said to have won the trust of an underage girl during a party in the villa in Marconia di Pisticci, southern Italy.
The victims and alleged perpetrators did not know each other beforehand.
It is alleged that the group of men then forced the girls into a dark, hidden part of the villa's garden.
Four people were arrested for allegedly raping the two British girls at the house party in Italy.
This video clip, released today by the Italian police, shows a group of people walking towards a dark corner of a villa garden
Four people were arrested in connection with the alleged rape. Above are the police officers who take a youth into custody
The attack allegedly took place in a villa in the small coastal town of Marconia di Pisticci in southern Italy in a region that is one of Italy's most popular travel destinations.
Authorities are investigating reports that a group of uninvited boys forced their way into the party and assaulted the girls.
"On the night of September 7th-8th, sexual violence was committed in Marconia di Pisticci against two foreign minors who were at a party in a villa," local police said in a statement on Thursday.
"The investigative department of the Matera Police Department has started an investigation in coordination with the prosecutor."
Four people were arrested on the night of September 7th after the alleged rape of two British girls, believed to be teenagers. The attack occurred in a villa in the small coastal town of Marconia di Pisticci in southern Italy (picture)
According to local media reports, the two girls were beaten and kicked before being raped by more than one person.
The news website Sassilive said the attack took place in the early hours of Monday when "the girls were attacked by a herd of eight boys behind a bush near where the party was taking place".
The girls were able to return to their accommodation, where the police were alerted, and were then taken to a hospital in Matera, about 60 km away.
There they were treated for shock and had marks on their bodies. They have now been released from the hospital, according to local reports.
One of the girls is said to have relatives from England who live in the area after moving to Italy a few years ago.
The 12,000 residents of Marconia are in deep shock, according to the local newspaper La Gazetta Del Mezzogiorno, which described it as "extremely shameful".
Viviana Verri, the city's mayor, said in a statement: “This is the moment when the spirit of our community must emerge strongly, a healthy community that cannot and must not get used to such episodes.
"As a result, (witnesses) cannot afford to remain silent (and must) help investigators end this matter."
The Pisticci State Police Commissioner is leading the investigation and few details have been released due to the young age of the alleged victims.
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