Man, 19, jailed after slashing nightclubber with a blade before returning to the dance floor

Alex Jones has been sentenced to 10 years and four months for the attack. Credit: North Wales Police

A 19-year-old has been jailed after slashing a man with a blade at a Llandudno nightclub, before returning to the dance floor.

Alex Jones of Bro Dirion in Holywell was sentenced to 10 years and four months for the "cowardly and brutal attack".

Jones cut Jake Pickstock's throat and the side of his face, leaving him with life-long physical and mental scars.

The incident occurred in August at Llandudno's One47 Club in North Wales.

Jones, who was armed with a razor blade, was seen crouching over Mr Pickstock and talking in his ear as he sat in a nightclub booth.

Moments later, Jones slashes the 24-year-old with the blade and returns to the dance floor.

Jake Pickstock is working to raise awareness of knife crime in his local area following the incident

Mr Pickstock received first aid from door staff and was later taken to Ysbyty Glan Clwyd where he needed dozens of stitches.

After leaving the club, Jones threw the blade in a nearby recycling bin and was soon arrested.

Mr Pickstock said the attack was "one of the scariest" moments of his life.

He added: "On that Friday, I never would have guessed I'd be fighting for my life in a local club, not knowing what had actually happened to me has to be the scariest moment of my life. It’s not something that can be easily overcome."

Judge Rhys Rowlands described the attack as an "explosion of violence" by Jones and said he was more than comfortable using the weapon.

The Judge went on to praise those who helped save Mr Pickstock's life that night, describing them as "heroes that were just doing their jobs".

Mr Pickstock wants to raise awareness of knife crime in his local area following the attack.

He is working with Aberconwy MS, Janet Finch-Saunders, who has called for clarity from the Welsh Government as to what is being done to address concerns over knife crime.

A Welsh Government spokesperson said: "We have a strong relationship with our Welsh police forces and meet regularly with the lead Police and Crime Commissioner.

"One of our Programme for Government commitments is increase the number of Police and Community Support Officers from the current 500 to 600. We have provided extra funding and police forces are currently recruiting the additional officers and hope to have them deployed by the end of the current financial year."