A Southampton man has been jailed for seven and a half years after he stalked his former partner, assaulted a man with a tyre iron and was found in possession of cocaine and heroin.

Lewis Ball-Smith pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply Class A drugs, stalking, aggravated vehicle taking and GBH at Southampton Crown Court on Friday November 29.

The court heard that in the early hours of June 6 this year, a black and orange KTM 950 Supermoto motorcycle was stolen from an address in Denmead.

Later the same day, Ball-Smith, 20, from Linacre Road, Southampton mounted the pavement while riding the stolen motorbike in Southampton city centre and rode at his former girlfriend, causing her to run to to safety.

It was heard his relationship with the woman had ended in May and since that time, he had been phoning her 20 to 30 times a day from withheld numbers and creating Facebook accounts under different names to send her messages.

The court was also told that six days later, the 20-year-old was again seen riding the stolen, high performance motorcycle when he collided with a vehicle on the Northam Bridge, Southampton.

He was found in possession of cocaine and heroin by officers at the scene.

Ball-Smith also admitted to GBH during an incident just before 2pm on October 24, in which he attacked a man with a tyre iron.

It was heard that he was driving a silver Volkswagen Golf while following his victim who was waling along Copsewood Road, before getting out of the vehicle, shouting at the man and fracturing his skull with the weapon.

A judge today jailed the Southampton man for seven and a half years.

Investigating officer DC Shaun Docker said: "Ball-Smith has caused significant harm to his victims, showing little regard for others and putting people’s wellbeing at serious risk with his selfish and reckless acts.

"His behaviour will live long in the memories of those he has affected and this custodial sentence is a welcome start in order that his victims can begin to move on with their lives."