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Three men sentenced in connection with stabbing – Milton Keynes

Following an investigation by Thames Valley Police, three men have been sentenced in connection with a stabbing in Milton Keynes.

Steven Pickford, aged 31, of no fixed abode, was jailed for five years, Tony Pickford, aged 39, of Towan Avenue, Milton Keynes, was sentenced to a two year community order, and Yousef Ayub, aged 32, of no fixed abode, was sentenced to an 18 months community order.

On 20 June last year, the defendants got into a dispute with the victim, a 43-year-old man, in Aylesbury Street, Fenny Stratford.

In an attempt to get away from the defendants, the victim jumped into a passing vehicle.

The defendants pulled the victim out of the vehicle and then Steven Pickford stabbed the victim more than 13 times.

The defendants then ran away from the scene.

The emergency services treated the victim at the scene before he was taken to hospital, where he was treated for punctured and collapsed lungs, fractured ribs and stab wounds to his back, chest and arms.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Dilshan Direkze, of Milton Keynes CID, said: “This was a violent assault on a victim who sustained life-changing injuries, having been stabbed more than 13 times by Steven Pickford.

“Thames Valley Police carried out a thorough investigation, including promptly locating and arresting the defendants.

“This month, Thames Valley Police and the Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner launched Operation Deter, a tough new approach to tackling knife crime, focussing initially in Milton Keynes.

“This case demonstrates that tough new approach. The force will not tolerate the possession of or the use of weapons. Our message is clear, you will be stopped, arrested, charged and prosecuted.

“I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all members of the public who came forward to assist our investigation. Your actions have directly removed a dangerous offender in Steven Pickford from the streets of Milton Keynes.”

Steven Pickford pleaded guilty to one count of section 18 grievous bodily harm and one count of possession of a bladed article, Tony Pickford pleaded guilty to one count of affray, and Yousef Ayub pleaded guilty to one count of affray at Aylesbury Crown Court.