A Bangladeshi man who was living in Hertfordshire after his visa ran out has admitted stabbing three people.

Khaled Ahmed, 36, carried out the triple knife attack in Vicarage Road, Watford, in the early hours of July 3 last year.

Police were called to the street at 3.17am - just yards from Watford football club's stadium and Watford General Hospital.

Three victims - a man in his 40s, a man in his 30s and a woman in her 30s -were taken to hospital.

Ahmed, of Grenadier Close, St Albans, appeared via video link from Bedford prison today, where he pleaded guilty to three charges of wounding with intent and one of possessing a knife.

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Ahmed was aided by a Bengali interpreter when the charges were read out to him from St Albans Crown Court, where his trial was due to start today.

He raised his hand and each time he said: “guilty.”

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Police in Vicarage Road

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A traffic camera caught a high level of police activity on the morning of July 3. Photo: Herts Highways

Prosecutor Martin Mulgrew said the police had asked if he had any convictions in Bangladesh but had yet to receive a response. He had no convictions in the UK.

Mr Mulgrew said: “In terms of his immigration status he is an overstayer.”

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Judge Michael Kay QC remanded him in custody for a probation officer to prepare a report. He said: “Inevitably there will be a lengthy custodial sentence.”

Sentence was adjourned until January 31.