Tobago tourists assaulted

A masked knifeman sexually assaulted and robbed two British female tourists on the Caribbean island of Tobago, officials have said.

The man is believed to have broken into the Black Rock Dreams guesthouse and attacked the women for up to an hour.

The assault came less than two weeks after a Swedish couple were killed on the island in an apparent robbery.

The Foreign Office confirmed an assault had taken place and urged visitors to the island to exercise caution.

A spokesman said: “We are aware that an assault took place in Tobago and are offering consular assistance.”

It also urged travellers to be cautious and to stay in hotels with tight security measures, including a 24-hour guard.

Trinidad’s British High Commission spokesman James Dolan said officials were working with police but gave no further details of the attack, which took place on Monday.

No one has been charged in the case involving the Swedish tourists.

In August the Caymanian Compass talked with Regional Manager Europe with the CI Department of Tourism Don McDougall following the deaths of British honeymooners who were killed in Antigua.

Mr. McDougall said at the time that the tragic crime and the resultant coverage will deter a few people from going to the Caribbean – those who are not inclined to research their destination before they book it.

‘The good news for the Cayman Islands is that those who do research their intended destination prior to making their decision will see that the Cayman Islands are warm and friendly islands with relatively low crime. Indeed we deliberately position the opening remarks on all of our marketing communications in this way.’

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