Five men were jailed to a total of 14 years for an assault on a student in Aberystwyth.

Ifan Owens, aged 20, was left in a coma following the attack by Billy Valentine,19, David Lloyd, 26, Lee Warnes-Andersen, 20, Andrew Scott, 24, and Michael Jones.

The attack happened on High Street in the early hours of Sunday, Janaury 14.

Detective Chief Inspector Anthony Evans said: "I’m pleased that this investigation has concluded with the sentencing of the five offenders.

“This brutal attack happened in January of this year, leaving the victim Ifan Owens in a very serious condition in hospital. Thankfully he continues to make a significant recovery.

“The incident shook the community of Aberystwyth, and I would like to thank members of that community for their continued support and understanding during what has been a lengthy and complex investigation.

“Officers and police staff from Ceredigion and specialist teams from across the Dyfed-Powys force as a whole have worked tirelessly to find and convict those who carried out the attack.

“I hope the convictions for this attack will go some way to reassuring victims and the wider community that this level of violence is unusual in our area, but when it does happen, we will do everything we can to catch and convict those who have committed the offence.

“Ifan’s family has requested that I pass on their gratitude to the following people and services.

“Firstly, the medical staff from the ambulance service, Bronglais Hospital, and University of Wales Hospital.

“Secondly, the police and CPS for the thoroughness of the investigation, as well as Aberystwyth University for their continued support and advice.

“They would also like to thank family and friends, and the people of Aberystwyth for their immense support.”

Valentine, of Aberystwyth, was sentenced to seven and a half years at a young offenders institute after admitting grievous bodily harm with intent.

Lloyd, of no fixed address, was jaiiled for three years and eight months, Andersen-Warnes, of Newcastle Emlyn, was jailed for 25 months, Scott, of Llangwyryfon, and Jones, of Llanfair Clydogau were both handed 30 months imprisonment.