NIGHTCLUB bouncers caught a rapist on Brighton beach and held him for the police.

Police were called to King's Road Arches at 4.30am on Saturday, September 7, 2019, after Abdenour Ben Ali had been restrained by door staff from a nearby nightclub, who intervened after seeing him assaulting a woman on the beach.

Ben Ali, of Sheepcote Road, Harrow, has been convicted and sentenced at Hove Crown Court.

The 30-year-old plumber was sentenced to nine-years in prison for raping the 18-year-old woman on Brighton beach after befriending her at a nearby club.

Ali will also be a registered sex offender indefinitely.

The victim was taken to hospital and was supported by specialist officers.

The Argus: Abdenour Ben Ali, of Sheepcote Road, HarrowAbdenour Ben Ali, of Sheepcote Road, Harrow

Detective constable Tom Perry of the Brighton and Hove Safeguarding Investigations Unit said: "The four door staff, who were commended in court at the end of the trial by Judge Janet Waddicor, spotted what was happening, restrained Ben Ali and called police.

"Ben Ali had met the woman in the club shortly beforehand and some time conversation she had gone with him to the adjacent beach area where he assaulted her.

“Fortunately, alert door staff took action and now Ben Ali, who had taken advantage of her vulnerability, has faced justice."