A MAN who carried out a "horrendous sustained attack" in Keighley town centre – which left his victim with life-changing injuries – has been jailed.

Kallum Crosby, 26, launched the attack in Church Street on the evening of April 23 this year.

His victim suffered multiple serious injuries and spent several months in hospital.

Following police investigations at the scene, Crosby was arrested and later charged.

At Bradford Crown Court on Friday, Crosby – from Hull – was given a life prison sentence, with a recommendation he serves at least five years and four months, after pleading guilty to grievous bodily harm with intent.

Speaking after the hearing, the officer in the case – Detective Constable Katie Briggs – said: "This was a horrendous sustained attack and the consequences could have been far worse.

"We hope this outcome will bring some justice and comfort to the victim, who has been left with life-changing injuries, and of course to those closest to him who have also been affected as a result of this attack.

"Crosby is a very dangerous and violent individual and the jail term handed down means the public should feel safer knowing he will be behind bars for a long time to come."

She added: "The sentencing is also a reflection of the excellent work conducted by Keighley and Bradford officers in the immediate aftermath of the incident, which led to Crosby being swiftly apprehended, and in gathering evidence during the investigation that followed which left Crosby with no alternative but to plead guilty."

The victim, who has not been named, said he was "very glad" to hear of the sentence handed down.

"I am glad for myself but I am also glad for the public that he will not get the opportunity to do this again," he said.

"As a result of this incident I am now trying to piece myself together again – it is hard and not a nice place to be. I would not wish this on anyone.

"I have been very impressed with West Yorkshire Police and would like to thank Katie and all the officers involved for their hard work in achieving this sentence.

"Katie has been a great support to not only myself during this investigation but also my family and we are very grateful to her.

"I would also like to express my deepest gratitude to the staff at Leeds General Infirmary and Airedale Hospital for the care they have given me. Without them, I wouldn’t have the quality of life that I have now.

"I am happy I can now move on and focus on my recovery."