A SCOTS student has been raped in Thailand.

The 20-year-old woman, believed to be from the Highlands, was attacked in the Southern Provincial capital of Nakhon Sri Thammarat in the early hours of Saturday.

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Police said she was taken by four Thai men who were driving around in a pick-up truck when they spotted her and dragged her away as she left a restaurant.

Officers said the woman admitted she was drunk and had been deserted by a fellow traveller from South Africa after both had been advised to leave the Nakhon Vientiane restaurant.

The men were reported to have taken her to the balcony of a neighbouring building and then attacked her.

It is understood the woman was on a break from her studies and had applied for a job at a local school.

Reports said she had been in the city for two weeks with her boyfriend when she was attacked on Saturday morning.

A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We are aware of a British national having been involved in a serious assault in Thailand. We are providing consulate assistance at this difficult time."