Police arrest four men after ‘two Brit girls gang-raped at house party in Italy’

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Police in Italy have arrested four men in connection with the alleged gang rape of two British teen girls at a party.

The teenagers were reportedly attacked after a mob of eight gatecrashed a house party in the town of Marconia di Pisticci in the southern Italian region of Basilicata.

They were treated in hospital after apparently being raped, punched and kicked by the gang of men on the night of September 7.

Police in Matera said in a statement: "On the night between 7-8 September, in Marconia di Pisticci, sexual violence was committed against two foreign minors who were at a party in a villa.

"The investigative unit of Matera police headquarters has begun investigations in coordination with the public prosecutor’s office."

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Police named four of the men being held as Michele Massiello, Giuseppe Gargano, Alessandro Zuccaro and Alberto Lopatriello.

A further three men were bailed.

All of the men arrested were in their 20s and have been described by media in Italy as "well-known bullies and thugs".

They hadn't been invited to the party but broke in before attacking the two girls behind a nearby bush.

After the attack, the girls went back to where they were staying before alerting the police and receiving medical treatment.

La Gazetta Del Mezzogiorno reports the pair were in "pain, physical pain and shock" when they returned.

The small village is said to be in a state of "disbelief" about what happened.

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