A stalker has been jailed for 18 years by a Worcester judge for attempted murder following a stabbing which left a woman with life-changing injuries.

Anthony Boyd, 37, of Hewell Lane, Redditch was sentenced to 18 years in prison at Worcester Crown Court on Friday.

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A restraining order was also granted for an indefinite period.

On October 14 last year officers received a report of a woman having been stabbed at Oldington Trading Estate, Kidderminster.

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Officers attended but Boyd had left the scene.

The woman was taken to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham with life-changing injuries and was later discharged.

Over the next few days officers conducted searches to find Boyd. He was eventually located in Somerset and arrested on suspicion of attempt murder.

Investigations took place and he was charged and subsequently pleaded guilty to attempt murder, stalking and controlling and coercive behaviour.

Detective Constable Martyn Dudley said: “We thank the victim in this case for her co-operation in bringing this man to justice.

“We urge anyone with any concerns about domestic violence to please get in touch.

“We act on all reports we receive and offer full support to anyone who feels they are a victim of domestic violence.”

For details of how to report any concerns about domestic abuse, including contact details of our partners, please visit https://www.westmercia.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/daa/domestic-abuse/support-organisations/.

Always dial 999 in an emergency.