A British woman is in hospital in India after jumping from a hotel window to escape an alleged sexual assault.

The Foreign Office has confirmed they are urgently investigating the incident following reports from local media that the woman jumped from the first floor of a hotel in the city of Agra, after a man tried to force his way into her room.

The woman is now recovering in hospital in the northern Indian city, which is home to the Taj Mahal. The extent of her injuries are not known but they are not believed to be life-threatening.

The alleged attacker has reportedly been identified as the hotel owner and has been arrested.

Pawan Kumar, superintendent of police in Agra, said: "She got frightened so she ran to the other end of the room and jumped out of the window."

A Foreign Office spokesman added: "We are aware of the reports and we are urgently looking into it.

"We are in contact with our colleagues in India."

The incident arrives days after a Swiss tourist was gang-raped in the state of Madhya Pradesh in central India.

India has seen anger and public protests against rapes and sexual attacks on women since the fatal gang-rape of a young woman on a bus in New Delhi in December.

Following the attack on the Swiss tourist, the Foreign Office updated its travel advice to woman wishing to visit India.

The Foreign Office said: "Women should use caution when travelling in India.

"Reported cases of sexual assault against women and young girls are increasing; recent sexual attacks against female visitors in tourist areas and cities show that foreign women are also at risk.

"British women have been the victims of sexual assault in Goa, Delhi, Bangalore and Rajasthan, and women travellers often receive unwanted attention in the form of verbal and physical harassment by individuals or groups of men"