Sheffield praised as ‘fabulous’ in wake of PC axe attack

PC Lisa Bates, who was seriously injured in an attack
PC Lisa Bates, who was seriously injured in an attack

‘Fabulous’ Sheffield has been praised for its generosity in the wake of the horrific axe attack on a hero woman police officer.

Chief Constable David Crompton said today the outpouring of support for injured PC Lisa Bates had been ‘lovely’.

South Yorkshire Police Chief  Constable David Crompton

South Yorkshire Police Chief Constable David Crompton

More than £7,300 has been donated for 31-year-old Lisa and her colleagues through an online fundraising page set up by Sheffield police officer Ian Morgan.

PC Bates suffered a fractured skull, broken leg and severe hand injuries when she tackled a man armed with an axe in Gleadless Valley last week.

Chf Con Crompton said: “The reaction of the public has been fabulous.

“It’s been lovely to see the support and the good wishes and I thank people for their generosity and kind words.

27 Police cars and two ambulances surround the flats in Gleadless Valley after the attack

27 Police cars and two ambulances surround the flats in Gleadless Valley after the attack

“It really does make a difference not just to Lisa and the others involved but more generally. It’s nice to know that when the chips are down we have the public’s support.

“Deep down people still have respect for police officers and appreciate the courageous job they do.

“They know that police officers put themselves in situations that most members of the public never would – it’s true that police officers run towards danger when others run away and we see that on a daily basis.”

Chf Con Crompton also singled out 46-year-old Simon Ellis for special praise after the brave civilian stepped in to help PC Bates when she came under attack.

“He did a fantastic job that night and made a massive difference to what happened,” he said.

“I want to say a huge thank you from me and everyone in the force.

“We will be looking very seriously at what we may be able to nominate him for.”

PC Bates has undergone surgery following the attack and faces a ‘long road to recovery’.

A number of other officers were injured in the incident, which started at a flat on Plowright Close and spilled out into the Co-op on nearby Blackstock Road.

Hundreds of messages of gratitude for the injured bobbies have been posted along with hundreds more on South Yorkshire Police’s Facebook page.

Now more frontline police officers could be issued with Tasers following the attack, the chief constable has revealed.

He said he is considering issuing ‘some extra officers’ with the stun gun type devices but stressed he will not be arming every officer.

“I am not thinking of giving every officer in the force Tasers but what I am willing to consider is for some extra officers having Tasers,” Chf Con Crompton said.

“The CS spray officers carry works on around 95 per cent of people. Tasers are effective on everybody but I think public would probably be rightly concerned if every officer had a Taser, it would feel like a step towards arming the police – ratcheting up.”

n Nathan Sumner, 35, of Plowright Close, Gleadless Valley, has appeared in court charged with attempting to murder PC Lisa Bates, six counts of assault by beating, one count of 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.