A man who attacked two people at a pub in Ramsbury leaving one of them blind in one eye has pleaded guilty to two counts of grievous bodily harm with intent.

William Jeffcoat, 30, of Oxford Street, Aldbourne, appeared at Swindon Crown Court on charges relating to an incident last November when he went to The Bell pub in Ramsbury, and assaulted two victims in the car park with a hockey stick.

He hit one of them over the head and the other numerous times around the face. One is now permanently blind in one eye, while the other has a 4.5cm scar across his forehead. Jeffcoat has been bailed ahead of sentencing.

Det Con Clare Sylvester-Wyness, from Swindon CID, said: “This was a violent and unprovoked assault on two men, who were repeatedly hit with full force.

“They have been left with lasting injuries and scars from the attack, including one of them losing the sight in one of their eyes.

“It is difficult to fully explain the lasting impact of this vicious assault, but I hope these guilty pleas allow them the opportunity to try to put this horrific incident behind them.”