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A witness appeal has been launched after a man was the victim of homophobic abuse and an attack by a nudist beach in Hove.

Police said the 42-year-old victim had been on the nudist beach around 4.30pm on Saturday, June 29.

According to officers, as he went to look for his friend he stepped onto a neighbouring non-nudist beach while he was still naked.

A man, who was sat with a woman on the beach at Basin Road South, then started shouting abuse.

Police said the victim left to head back to the nudist section but the man picked up a stone and threw it at him, causing his arm to bruise.

PC Adam Parris said:

“The victim was shaken and scared by the attack.

“We would like to hear from anyone who witnessed the assault or recognises the description of the suspect.

“Please get in touch if you can help with our investigation.”

The suspect was described as white, bald, aged in his 50s, wearing shorts and a white shirt.

The woman was also described as white with dark, shoulder-length hair, aged in her late 40s or early 50s, wearing shorts and a light blue top.

Police said they both reportedly cycled off but did not wear cycle helmets.

Anyone with any information is asked to report it online or call 101, quoting serial 1018 of 29/06.