A BRITISH woman has been raped while holidaying on the Caribbean island of Tobago.
The 58-year-old was attacked while walking on a beach in the Black Rock area in the early hours of Thursday morning.
A 42-year-old man with whom the victim had reportedly been socialising earlier in the evening has been arrested in connection with the incident.
He is reported to be from the neighbourhood of Plymouth.
The victim, a retired engineer from Warwickshire, had reportedly been staying at the nearby Starfish hotel.
She taken to the Scarborough General Hospital where she was medically examined and treated, and was said to be highly traumatised and in a state of shock.
Police said the incident occurred at about 1.30am on Thursday near Courland Bay.
A spokesman for the police In Tobago said: “We are investigating an incident which took place on the local beach in Black Rock yesterday.
“A female Engineer from the UK was sexually assaulted.
“She is visiting the island and was walking on the beach when the incident took place”.
Starfish Hotel manager Leslie Amedee declined to comment on the incident, saying the guest wanted to privacy, but did confirm that the attack had not occurred within the hotel’s compound.
“It did not happen on the hotel grounds or in the hotel, because we have security patrolling the beach with dogs and everything, so there’s no way to access the premises,” he said.
Tobago House of Assembly (THA) Chief Secretary Kelvin Charles said he was saddened to learn of the attack.
“At the THA, we continue to work closely with the [police] to keep crime and criminal activity at a low in our beautiful island,” Charles said.
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“Unfortunately, we are not exempt from the unsavoury activities of a few but I am also confident that if we truly band together as an island and people, our brightness and goodwill can overshadow any negativity.
“I still have faith in the majority of people in Tobago and believe that they mean well for our visitors and would like to see them enjoy all that Tobago has to offer when they visit.”
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