A MAN has been jailed for more than seven years after attacking four other men with a machete in a Hampshire street.

Following a three-day trial Gregory Small, 28, was found guilty of affray and attempting to cause grievous bodily harm.

Small, of Cedar Road, Farnborough, was sentenced to a year for the affray.

He had earlier admitted threatening someone with a bladed article in a public place for which he was sentenced to a year-and-a-half in prison.

During an earlier trial Small was found guilty of possessing cannabis with intent to supply, for which he was sentenced to four months in custody and was further sentenced to a month in prison for possession of cocaine.

All sentences will run concurrently so he will serve a total of seven-and-a-half years.

Salisbury Crown Court heard Small was in Queens Road, Farnborough on August 27, 2019 when he was seen to repeatedly swing a machete at one of a group of four males. He was dressed bizarrely in a black Halloween 'Scream' type mask and black cape-style coat.

A police spokesman said: "It is believed one of the males received cuts to his abdomen and hand and bruising to his forearm.

"The other three then intervened and assaulted Small, knocking him to the ground. During the altercation, it is believed another member of the group received lacerations to his arm.

"The four men then left in a vehicle and when police attended, a search of Small's car revealed the drugs. Small was treated at hospital for a fracture of the skull, bruising and abrasions to his head, face, shoulder and thigh.

"The actions of the four men against Small were accepted as self defence and no further action will be taken against any of them."