A MAN has been charged after a 60-year-old woman was knocked unconscious in an unprovoked attack on a beach.

The incident occurred on the Lower Promenade on Brighton Beach at 3.45pm on Wednesday, September 8.

Officers were called after reports of a woman having been assaulted.

The victim, a 60-year-old local woman, suffered injuries to her face and head after being knocked unconscious.

A suspect was chased by members of the public onto Sillwood Street before being detained by two PCSOs.

Wiktar Salek, of no fixed address, was arrested on suspicion of wounding with intent and for causing criminal damage relating to a vehicle in Sillwood Street.

The 23-year-old has been charged with both offences, appearing before Brighton Magistrates' Court today.

He has been remanded in custody.

Acting Detective Inspector James Meanwell said: "This was a nasty, unprovoked attack carried out in broad daylight in the busy city centre.

"The incident was likely seen by other members of the public.”

Anyone who saw what happened is urged to contact police online or by calling 101, quoting serial 891 of 08/09.