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Man appears in court over Sheffield PC axe attack

Nathan Sumner arrives at Sheffield Magistrates' Court Image copyright Ross Parry
Image caption Nathan Sumner, 35, is charged with 13 offences including attempted murder and six counts of assault by beating

A man has appeared in court charged with the attempted murder of a police officer who was attacked with an axe as she attempted to make an arrest.

PC Lisa Bates suffered a fractured skull and broken leg, and lost a finger in the attack in Sheffield.

Nathan Sumner, 35, of Plowright Close, Sheffield, appeared at the city's magistrates court charged with attempted murder and 12 other offences.

He was remanded in custody to appear at Sheffield Crown Court on 13 May.

PC Bates was attacked as she responded to reports of a domestic incident in Plowright Close, Gleadless Valley, on Wednesday with a male officer, who was also injured.

Three other officers also suffered injuries during attempts to arrest a man at a nearby Co-op store using Tasers and batons.

PC Bates remains in hospital, South Yorkshire Police said.

Mr Sumner is charged with attempted murder, six counts of assault by beating, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, two counts of making threats to kill, affray, threatening a person with a blade in a public place and production of cannabis.

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Image caption The area in Gleadless was cordoned off while investigations took place

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