Six men charged over rape of British women in St Lucia

St Lucia
Image caption The women were attacked on a beach in the north-east of the Caribbean island of St Lucia

Six men have been charged with the rape of two British students on the Caribbean island of St Lucia, police have confirmed.

The women, aged 24 and 31, were attacked by six masked men on Grande Anse beach on 10 May.

They were on a conservation project in the north-east of the Caribbean island that required them to camp on location.

The suspects, who are local to St Lucia, are due in court later this month, police said in a statement.

A Foreign Office spokesman said the women had been offered consular assistance.

The St Lucia government has launched an investigation to determine why the women were alone on the isolated beach at midnight, a Ministry of Agriculture official said.

British High Commissioner Karl Burrows described the attack as "a dreadful crime".

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