Four Royal Navy sailors charged with an alleged sex attack on a civilian woman in Canada have been released on bail.
Craig Stoner, 24, Darren Smalley, 35, Joshua Finbow, 23, and Simon Radford, 31, are each accused of one count of sexual assault.
The assault allegedly took place last week at a drinking party at the Shearwater military barracks in Halifax, Nova Scotia.
The Associated Press described the alleged incident as a "group sexual assault".
The local daily Chronicle Herald reported the four British servicemen were visiting Halifax to participate in an armed forces hockey tournament.
During a brief court hearing the four suspects were told they must return to court on 27 May.
Each has been released on cash bail of 3,000 Canadian dollars (£1,645).
They must stay in Nova Scotia, surrender their passports and reside at a Canadian military base.
After charges were pressed at the weekend, a spokesman for the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service (CFNIS) said: "This is a disturbing accusation of sexual assault.
"I'm pleased with the full co-operation provided by the British authorities to support the hard work and diligence of the CFNIS team in responding to this matter."
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