By Oliver Hall
A teenage knifeman who slashed the tyres of a police car and threatened to cut officers’ faces has been locked up.
The terrifying incidents unfolded last February, when 19-year-old Evan Iles vandalised and slashed the tyres on two vehicles, Nottingham Crown Court heard.
He then punctured all four tyres of the police car, shouted “enemy” and began engraving “E” and “V” on that car.
Iles held out a knife – which had a two-inch blade – and swore at officers, claiming he would slash their faces.
Eventually, Iles, threw the knife down, swore and said he had had enough.
Prosecutor Julie Downes told the court: “He said that morning he split up with his girlfriend.
“He’d been drinking all day and smoked cannabis. He couldn’t remember damaging the van, but remembered the police car tyres.”
Iles, now 20, admitted affray, possession of the knife and three charges of damaging property, which put him in breach of a community order for common assault.
Judge Dudley Bennett sent him to a young offenders’ institution for 17 months and withdrew the existing order.
“In this instance the serious aspect is the knife. How many judges have to sit up here and say, ‘knives kill, don’t carry them’, before people stop?
“You didn’t just threaten people, you threatened police officers.”