Alexander Stone, 38, of Bridge Street in Kington was found guilty of attempted murder today (Friday 17 March) at Worcester Crown Court.

The incident happened in High Street in Kington on Friday 22 July 2022 when Stone attempted to strike the victim multiple times to the head with a hammer.

This happened in full view of shoppers and members of public, many of whom intervened.

Detective Constable Leah Lowe, the investigating officer said “We welcome the verdict today which comes at the end of a detailed investigation. The victim has shown considerable courage in what has been a deeply distressing case.

“Stone acted with extreme violence and if it hadn’t been for the intervention of members of public prior to the arrival of the police, the outcome may have been far worse.

“I hope this reassures the community that we will deal with such acts of violence with determination and ensure that victims are supported and given the confidence to come forward”.

Stone is due to be sentenced next month at Worcester Crown Court.