Glossop man gets six years for attack on police officer.

Lee Willan (32) of Woodlands Close, Glossop appeared at Derby Crown Court charged with wounding with intent to do serious grievous bodily harm and was sentenced to six years. On Saturday, September 5 police were called to reports of a man acting suspiciously on Buxton Market Place. Officers arrived and were confronted with Willan holding a knife. Willan attacked Sergeant Trevor Steed; this resulted in Sergeant Steed requiring hospital treatment for a puncture wound to his arm. Sergeant Steed together with 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.”

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