Anthony Benwell has been jailed for three years.

A man from Burgess Hill has been jailed for three years for violent assaults on his ex-partner.

Anthony Benwell, 38, unemployed, of Valebridge Drive, was sentenced after pleading guilty to causing grievous bodily harm (GBH) and actual bodily harm (ABH) to a 36-year-old woman with who he was in a relationship with.

Benwell was also given an indefinite restraining order prohibiting him from any further contact with the victim.

Officers launched an investigation after being called to the town in April, where they found the victim in the street in a distressed state with cuts and bruises.

They then went to Benwell’s address to arrest him, where he threatened officers and refused to come out of his property for four hours.

Detective Inspector Sue Neilson said:

“This victim had suffered previous assaults by Benwell but this was the first time she had fully supported police action enabling justice.

“This was partly because Benwell was arrested at the scene and kept in custody, allowing her time to get the support she needed to end the cycle of abuse.

“We are very grateful for the actions of members of the public who came to her aid that night having witnessed the assault.

“The independent evidence they provided was invaluable to our case and in the protection of the vulnerable victim.”