A MAN has been charged with the rape of a woman in her 20s.

The incident occurred at a property in Brighton on Thursday, September 23.

Following an investigation, Ramees Akkara was arrested and charged with rape.

The 28-year-old, of Upper Bevendean Avenue, Brighton, was remanded in custody after appearing at Brighton Magistrates' Court on Tuesday, October 5.

He is due to appear at Lewes Crown Court on November 2.

Two other men from Brighton, aged 23 and 44, have also been arrested on suspicion of rape and released on conditional bail while investigations continue.

Detective Chief Inspector Jon Gillings, of the Brighton Safeguarding Investigations Unit, said: "Sussex Police will always treat reports of rape or sexual assault seriously and do everything in our power to bring perpetrators to justice.

“This incident has had a devastating effect on the young victim, but thanks to her bravery, the quick thinking of her friend and painstaking efforts from our detectives we have been able to secure a charge.

“The victim is being supported by specially trained officers."

Anyone who has been a victim of rape, sexual assault or wants to report any other crime, please contact police online or call 101, or 999 in an emergency.