HAMPSHIRE police are investigating the rape of a British woman in Egypt.

She was staying at a five-star hotel in Sharm-el-Sheikh when she was allegedly raped by a guard who had been escorting her to her room.

Now she has returned to Britain and Hampshire officers are investigating as part of Operation Amberstone.

A spokesman said: “Officers with Operation Amberstone are currently assisting with an investigation into a serious sexual assault on an English woman in the Sharm-el-Sheikh region.”

He refused to confirm whether the woman was from Hampshire.

The victim, a businesswoman in her 40s, was given emergency help by the British Consulate at the Red Sea resort.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has also confirmed it is providing assistance and its website is warning British tourists about a rise in crime in the area since early 2011.

According to the FCO it dealt with 23 cases of sexual assault and six rapes in 2012, with some offences committed against children.