Shamed former BBC TV presenter Ashley Blake has been released from prison less than nine months into a two-year sentence for attacking a teenager with a wooden pole.
Blake was freed from Stafford Prison this week where he was serving a sentence for wounding and attempting to pervert the course of justice.
The 40-year-old was released under the home curfew system that allows prisoners serving sentences of between three months and four years to be freed up to four-and-a-half months earlier than they would normally be the case.
Blake is expected to have to wear an electronic tag under the curfew arrangement and will be expected to spend at least nine hours a day at home.
The former Midlands Today newsreader had to pass a careful risk assessment and checks on his home circumstances before being set free.
He was jailed in September for hitting 17-year-old Greg Jones in the face with a wooden pole at a birthday party last January at the Place 2 B bar in Chester Road, Sutton Coldfield. He co-owned the bar with partner Jessica Hayes.
He was also found guilty of attempting to pervert the course of justice by throwing the pole away into a neighbouring garden centre in an attempt to conceal it from police.
Blake had been with the BBC eight years with shows including Inside Out, Watchdog and Holiday. He was sacked by his employer following the conviction for the attack on the teenager.