Boat siege thug gets two years

Stephen Cross - AKA Wayne Green - sent down for two years after Sandiacre boat siege.
Stephen Cross - AKA Wayne Green - sent down for two years after Sandiacre boat siege.

A dangerous thug, who prompted a tense 13-hour stand-off with armed police on a Sandiacre canal boat, has been jailed.

Stephen Cross – also known as Wayne Green – was on the run from police when about 20 officers, some armed, and specialist negotiators closed off a section of the canal in March.

Nottingham Crown Court heard Cross, 42, told them the only way he was coming off the boat was ‘to be shot by police’.

He was wanted after launching a campaign of criminal damage on his ex-partner, slashing her clothes, and twice slashing the tyres on her father’s and a neighbour’s cars.

Cross had also twice breached a violent offender order – imposed after his release from prison in August 2010 – which him from entering Long Eaton.

Police launched a manhunt in February, in connection with the criminal damage and other alleged offences, and a £1,000 reward was offered.

Cross, 42, who has a catalogue of convictions for violence, often failed to notify police of his whereabouts as he began living on the boat.

Customers at the Plough Inn were asked to stay inside the pub during the stand-off, as officers were drafted in from across Derbyshire to help.

Trained negotiators were brought in to speak with Cross, who has a personality disorder, before he calmly surrendered in the early hours of March 15.

On Monday he was sentenced to two years after he admitted failing to comply with the violent offender order and six charges of criminal damage.

No separate penalty was imposed for possessing cannabis, which he also admitted.

Cross had 18 previous convictions for 73 offences including assault, harassment, making threats to kill and kidnap.

Judge John Milmo QC told him: “Looking at your record, frankly it is appalling.”

Michael Evans said, in mitigation, his client has a wife and children and he did not ‘enjoy good health’.