A man was found guilty of the attempted murder of a female police officer in Clapham in October 2019.

Following a trial at Kingston Crown Court on Wednesday (December 2), a jury unanimously found that Julian Peters, 36 (04.03.84) of no fixed address, attempted to murder a police officer. He also made threats to kill and was in possession of a bladed article.

PC Natalie Markham was attacked by Peters when police were called to reports of a man causing a disturbance and making threats at an address in Lynette Avenue, SW4, on October 22, 2019.

As officers spoke to Peters outside the address, he attempted to leave the scene. When PC Markham tried to prevent him, Peters produced two knives and attempted to stab her at least twice in the stomach.

She drew her Taser and pursued him with a colleague, before arresting Peters on Clapham Common.

Peters will be also be sentenced to a hospital order at Kingston Crown court on 11 January 2021.

Superintendent Kris Wright of the Central South Command Unit said:

“This was a shocking incident that could have easily had devastating consequences. The judge commented on PC Markham and PC Diker’s bravery as despite the attack, they remained focused in detaining and disarming this man.

“Detectives and officers in the Central South Unit worked extremely hard to bring this complex investigation to court, showing great support and teamwork.

“Our officers understand that they may face dangers every time they come to work – this incident is a stark reminder of just that, and the people of London will no doubt echo the immense pride I have for the men and women who go out each day to keep them safe.”