Oktoberfest 2014
Oktoberfest attracts six million people to Munich each year but attracts high levels of crime including a number of sexual assaults.Reuters

A British man has been raped at this month's world famous Oktoberfest in Munich, German police have said.

The 24-year-old, who has not been named, was attacked by two men at the edge of the festival area. According to police reports, he was relieving himself in the bushes on the outskirts of the Theresienwiese – a large open space where Oktoberfest takes place each year – when he was approached by a man who "made it clear he wanted to have sex with him".

The young man refused and was subsequently raped, before the two assailants fled, reads the police report.

It is understood the victim is from Leeds, though police have not yet confirmed this.

Oktoberfest is an annual beer festival that runs in Munich for 16 days each year, from late September to the first weekend in October. More than six million people from around the world attend each event, which is the world's largest funfair and is filled with brightly lit tents and attractions.

Despite the festivity, however, the event attracts high levels of crime, namely due to the huge numbers of attendees and the amount of alcohol consumed.

The attack on the Briton comes just days after a woman on her way home from the festival was assaulted by a 16-year-old boy, who tore her clothes and attempted to molest her. People nearby heard the woman's cries for help and were able to intervene before he could rape her.

Despite these two incidents, Munich police insist crime, including sexual assaults, is down at this year's Oktoberfest.

So far there have been seven sexual assaults this year (including two rapes) compared with 12 last year. In total, 659 crimes were reported in the first week of Oktoberfest, compared with 831 last year.