Sussex Police have warned that a man in Brighton may have been ‘sabotaging’ condoms to intentionally spread HIV.

Brighton is known as the hub of the UK’s gay community, and has a thriving gay scene.

The town’s police force released an appeal this week after reports of a man deliberately putting his sexual partners at risk of HIV.

Sussex Police warned about a man who was “intentionally” spreading HIV by “sabotaging safe sex practices”.

A statement said: “Sussex Police is investigating reports that a man has been intentionally putting sexual partners at risk of HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases by deliberately sabotaging safe sex practices.

“This is believed to have taken place in Brighton between October last year and February 2016.

“The man is in his 20s and has a Scottish accent. The suspect has been arrested on suspicion of causing grievous bodily harm with intent and is currently on police bail.

“Police and the Director of Public Health for Brighton and Hove are encouraging men who think they may have had sexual contact with the man described to contact sexual health support services. “

The police are appealing for anyone who thinks they may have had a sexual encounter with this man to come forward so that any relevant information can be investigated. Anyone who wishes to report a concern can email 101@sussex.pnn.police.uk or call 101 quoting Operation Brickhill.

Dr Tom Scanlon, Director of Public Health for Brighton and Hove said: “We are working closely with the police, Public Health England and our partners in sexual health services on this matter. I would encourage anyone with concerns relating to this individual to contact their local sexual health services.”

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