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Neighbours raised alarm for terrified domestic abuse victim

Stuart Welch has been jailed for 15 months for domestic abuse. Credit: Bedfordshire Police.

A man who violently assaulted his ex-partner after breaking into her home has been jailed for 15 months.

Stuart Welch, 30, from Lindell Crescent in Biggleswade, admitted actual bodily harm and using violence to force entry to a property at an earlier hearing.

In the early hours of June 25, he had smashed the window of his victim's home before carrying out what has been described as a "vicious and violent assault" while a young child was in the house.

Welch had been threatening the woman which terrified her and stopped her seeking help. It was her neighbours who alerted police.

"This was a shocking spell of violent and intimidating behaviour which was distressing for the victim.

“We are grateful for the several calls we received from members of the public who were concerned for the safety of the victim. Raising alarm when you are concerned about possible domestic abuse is crucial - it can be a difference between life and death.

“Welch subjected his victim to a petrifying and nasty attack and we are pleased he will spend time in prison to reflect on his actions."

– Det Con Ross Rushton, Bedfordshire Police.