5 October 2012
A 23 year old man who assaulted a police officer in Norwich has
today started a nine year three month sentence after
being found guilty of four offences following an incident which
took place in February this year.
Lance Beane, of Primrose Crescent, Norwich, was found guilty
earlier this year of grievous bodily harm, destroying and damaging
property, aggravated vehicle taking, and possession of an offensive
"The bravery of the officers involved should be recognised and I welcome the fact that justice has been done."
Det Sgt Sarah Knights
Beane, on Tuesday 7
February 2012, head butted his partner at her home address in
Norwich causing her nose to bleed heavily. After being arrested and
bailed for committing this offence, Beane continued, over the next
few days, to threaten her and her family by text.
On Friday 17 February Beane visited a relative and stole the
keys to the relative’s car.
After committing this offence Beane then threw a garden ornament
into the front lounge window of his partner’s relatives, causing
thousands of pounds worth of damage.
Once Beane left this property he was spotted by officers driving
at speed in the stolen car. Beane ignored officers in a marked
vehicle and drove through residential streets reaching 60-70mph at
some points. When Beane reached a cul-de-sac in the Earlham area he
got out of the car and ran off. Two officers followed him on foot
into a nearby housing complex.
As officers tried to arrest Beane, using Parva spray which was
ineffective, he shouted abuse at them and then tried to stab one of
the officers. The officer received wounds to his shoulder and hand.
Beane walked away and the wounded officer and several officers
followed him ordering him to stop and drop the knife. Beane was
then surrounded but again resisted arrest making lunges with the
knife at several other officers.
The officer received treatment for a knife wound to his hand but
was released from hospital later the same day.
Detective Sergeant Sarah Knights, Norwich CID, whose team
investigated the incidents, welcomed the sentencing saying, “Beane
is a dangerous individual who violently threatened many of my
officers on the night of 17 February. The bravery of the officers
involved should be recognised and I welcome the fact that justice
has been done.”