A MAN has been charged after 24 female victims reported to police they were grabbed or touched by a man on a bicycle.

Constantin Barbutu, 20, of Cromwell Road, Hove, is accused with 20 counts of sexual assaults by touching between September 2016 to February.

Detectives received 24 reports from women stating they were grabbed or touched from behind, or had sexual gestures made towards them by a man riding a bicycle.

The incidents stretched from New Church Road in Hove to Madeira Drive in Kemp Town, and up to Dyke Road Avenue in the north of the city.

Most of the offences happened during the hours of darkness ranging from early evening through to 3am.

The 20-year-old will appear before Brighton Magistrates’ Court on September 14.