A man has been jailed for nine months for spitting at two female police officers and attacking them in Brighton.

49-year-old Michael Jones also attacked and spat at a security guard.

Officers were called to reports of a man being verbally abusive towards a member of security staff on North Street on the 9th of April.

With the help of two members of the public, officers managed to handcuff Jones and get him on the ground.

While restrained, he spat directly in the face of the security staff member.

During his arrest and throughout the duration of the journey to custody, Jones continued to spit at police officers.

He's been immediate jailed because the offences were committed during the virus outbreak.

Jones was also in breach of his post sentence supervision and was sentenced to a further two weeks for this offence, giving a total sentence of 38 weeks.

He was also ordered to pay £150 in compensation - £50 to each victim.

Police are now trying to trace the two members of the public who stepped in to help restrain Jones, so they can be thanked.

We'd really like to find the two men who stepped in to help restrain Jones so we can properly thank them for their actions. They were aged in their early to mid twenties and one was wearing a camouflage top and a black cap.

Chief Inspector Roy Hodder, Sussex Police