Knife thug jailed for six years after stabbing police officer in Derbyshire town

Lee Willan
Lee Willan

A man has been jailed for six years after attacking a police officer with a knife in a Derbyshire town.

Lee Willan, 32, of Woodlands Close, Glossop, appeared at Derby Crown Court charged with wounding with intent to do serious grievous bodily harm, following the incident on Sunday September 5 last year.

Buxton Market Place

Buxton Market Place

The court heard how police had attended Buxton Market Place following reports of a man acting suspiciously and were confronted with Willan holding a knife.

Willan attacked Sergeant Trevor Steed, resulting in the officer requiring hospital treatment for a puncture wound to his arm. Despite his injury, Sergeant Steed and other attending officers detained Willan and arrested him.

Detective Sergeant Ed Mellor said: “Today’s sentencing reflects the upmost seriousness of the attack upon Sergeant Steed. The level of violence and intent to cause him harm is one of the most harrowing incidents I have witnessed.

“I can only imagine the shock it must have caused to the many people who were in Buxton that afternoon and observed the events starting on the Market Place and ending in the Pavilion Gardens.

“It is with great credit that Sergeant Steed’s bravery and professionalism, despite him suffering a stab wound, enabled him to bring the incident to a safe conclusion without harm to any members of the public. He has now thankfully recovered from his injury and returned to normal duties.

“Willan is a dangerous man who will now face a considerable spell in prison.

“I would like to pass my thanks onto all those who called the police and came forward to provide information to assist this investigation.”