Police say there has been a rise in homophobic attacks at a popular Brighton cruising spot.

Dukes Mound, off Madeira Drive, is regularly used as a meeting place for men to have sex.

According to Sussex Police, a sharp rise in the number of homophobic incidents led to increased patrols in the area and action has been taken to identify suspects.

No figures on the number of verbal and physical incidents have been released.

Nick Antjoule, the force’s LGBT liaison officer, said: “During the ten years I have been working with the guys at Dukes Mound through various organisations, this is the strongest I have ever seen their relationship with the police.

“It can be a real tightrope act to keep guys who use cruising grounds safe while maintaining their confidence in us, so I’m very proud of what we have achieved. I would also like to thank Terrence Higgins Trust whose help has been invaluable to giving us a platform to connect with Dukes Mound users.”

Policing in the area will now resume to normal levels.