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Man jailed after shocking daytime hammer attack in Weston-super-Mare

Ashe (centre) attacked Mr Bradbury with a hammer after their dogs fought in the street. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

This is the moment a man was hit in the face with a hammer during a violent attack in Weston-super-Mare.

CCTV footage of the assault was released by Avon and Somerset Police after Paul Ashe was jailed for 24 years for his crimes.

Last week's hearing at Bristol Crown Court was told the 46-year-old also knifed two other victims while on bail for the first attack. The men sustained injuries to their faces and bodies.

During the footage, Ashe's dog is seen fighting with another pet before the owner then approaches Ashe, of George Street, Weston, who is sitting on a pub picnic bench.

Ashe's dog (right) is seen fighting with Mr Bradbury's dog (left) on the CCTV. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

He then jumps up and strikes 53-year-old Simon Bradbury across the face, leaving him with a fractured cheekbone, eye socket and broken nose.

Ashe admitted possessing a knife and breaching a suspended jail term for battery.

Judge Mark Horton jailed him for 24 years, with an extended licence period of four years.

You can watch CCTV footage of the attack below:

You have been a father who has looked after children and have done a keen job. Sadly, for the rest, you regularly have not.

You are aged 46 and you have a lifetime of education in the school of every one of life's hard knocks.

You have been surrounded by violence to and from others.

– Judge Horton to Ashe

Hannah Squire, prosecuting, said violence flared outside the Red Admiral pub in Weston in April last year after Ashe’s dog bit another dog being walked by Mr Bradbury.

When Mr Bradbury approached Ashe afterwards, Ashe swung a hammer into his face.

Paul Ashe was jailed for 24 years. Credit: Avon and Somerset Police

Mr Bradbury suffered "catastrophic" facial injuries and had to have stainless steel tubes inserted in his face to assist breathing.

He wrote an impact statement in which he said he had been left suffering dizzy spells, was on very strong painkillers, was unable to drive and lost financially.

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