Sheffield & South Yorkshire

Sheffield axe attack: Officer 'overwhelmed' by support

PC Lisa Bates Image copyright SYP
Image caption PC Lisa Bates is said to be recovering well following the attack in April

A police officer who was seriously injured in an axe attack has thanked the public for the "hundreds" of well wishes she has received.

PC Lisa Bates suffered a fractured skull, a broken leg and lost a finger when she responding to a domestic situation in the Gleadless area of Sheffield in April.

Four other officers were also injured.

Nathan Sumner, 35, of Plowright Close, Sheffield, is charged with attempted murder and 12 other offences.

An online fundraising campaign to raise money for the officers injured in the attack raised over £7,500.

South Yorkshire Police said the officers were making "good progress in their recovery", with all five "overwhelmed by the generosity shown".

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Image caption PC Lisa Bates was injured as she attended reports of a domestic incident in Gleadless Valley, Sheffield

Ch Insp Lydia Lynskey said: "Over the coming weeks and months, Lisa is hoping to write to colleagues and members of the public to thank them personally.

"Unfortunately, she hasn't got everyone's contact details so will be unable to respond to everyone but asked that I relay this message of thanks to the public of Sheffield on her behalf."

Local resident Simon Ellis, who witnessed the incident, has been praised for pulling the injured PC Bates into his flat during the attack.

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