A HAMMER attacker has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for an attempted murder in a Herefordshire town in 2022.

Alexander Stone, 38, of Bridge Street in Kington was handed the sentence on July 21 at Worcester Crown Court.

On July 22, 2022, Stone launched an unprovoked attack on his victim where he attempted to strike her on the head with a hammer multiple times.

The attack took place in broad daylight on the High Street in Kington, which was busy with shoppers at the time.

Members of the public quickly intervened prior to the arrival of police, which meant that thankfully the victim wasn’t physically injured. 


But, without their bravery, the outcome for the victim could have been very different, a West Mercia Police spokesperson said.

DC Leah Lowe, the officer in charge of the case, said:“We’re pleased with the significant sentence handed to Stone, which reflects the severity of his attempted attack on the victim.

“The victim has shown immense courage and I’d like to commend her on her bravery and conduct during the whole process.

“I’d also like to thank the members of the public at the scene who intervened. Their bravery was incredible, and their quick actions prevented the incident becoming even more serious.

“I know this was an extremely distressing incident for the public to witness, especially in a small, rural town like Kington, and I’d like to thank the local community for their support and help throughout our investigation.

“I hope the sentence provides some reassurance that we take violence very seriously and are committed to keeping our local areas safe, and taking action against those who threaten that.”