A MAN has been charged with sexual assault and harassing women in the city centre.

Jamie Lee Parsons appeared at Brighton Magistrates Court on Monday charged with causing a public nuisance by making sexual and other inappropriate comments to female staff and customers in and near shops in Lewes Road.

The incidents allegedly happened between May and this month.

The 31-year-old is also charged with sexually assaulting a woman in Lewes Road in August.

Parsons, of Lewes Road, Brighton, was remanded in custody to appear for a plea and directions hearing at Lewes Crown Court on November 16.

The prosecution follows an investigation by officers from Brighton Neighbourhood Policing Team and CID.

Anyone who has experienced or witnessed similar behaviour in the Lewes Road area in recent months is urged to contact police online or by calling 101, quoting reference 47210178573.