A 20-year-old man has been charged with attempted robbery of a newsagent in Silchester Road, St Leonards.
Yesterday (August 7) just before 2.10pm a man entered The Paper Shop, threatened a member of staff with a knife and demanded money.
She shouted and he ran out, but a man who had been in the shop as a customer followed him to the nearby address and called the police.
Mark Coleman of Stockleigh Road, was charged with attempted robbery and possession of an offensive weapon, two offences of making threats whilst in possession of an offensive weapon, and assault by beating.
He is due to appear at Brighton Magistrates Court today (8 August).