Detectives have welcomed the conviction of a man who attacked two others with a hockey stick - leaving one victim permanently blinded in one eye.

William Jeffcoat, 30, of Oxford Street, Aldbourne, had been due to stand trial at Swindon Crown Court this week on two counts of wounding with intent.

But he pleaded to the charges on the day of his trial, as reported by the Adver earlier this week.

Police have welcomed the man's conviction, saying he left one victim permanently blind in one eye and the other man with a 4.5cm scar on his face following the hockey stick attack at The Bell pub, Ramsbury, on November 29 last year.

Reacting to the case, Det Con Clare Sylvester-Wyness of 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."

Jeffcoat will be sentenced at Swindon Crown Court on November 3. He was warned by Judge Peter Crabtree to expect custody.