A teenager was allegedly drugged and sexually assaulted in a hotel.

The woman, in her late teens, said she was attacked at the Leonardo Hotel in Stroudley Road, Brighton, after being spiked.

She reported the incident, which happened on March 12, to police and an investigation was launched while she was supported by specialist officers.

Yousuf Dar, 23, of Main Road in Romford, was arrested on Saturday (March 16) and was charged with administering a substance with intent to stupefy to allow sexual activity, sexual assault, voyeurism, false imprisonment and perverting the course of justice.

At Brighton Magistrates’ Court on Monday, Dar was remanded in custody to appear at Lewes Crown Court on April 15.

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Detective Chief Superintendent Richard McDonagh said: “Sussex Police takes any reports of spiking extremely seriously and we will do all we can to support victims and bring perpetrators to justice.

“Alongside our partners, we will continue to put measures in place to identify and protect vulnerable people and help prevent people falling victim to spiking in the first place.

“If you or someone you know has been a victim of spiking, early reporting is key so they can be protected and any evidence gathered. Please tell a member of the bar or security staff if you’re out, or always call 101 or 999 in an emergency.”