By Rebecca O’Rourke
A Just Giving page that was set up for South Yorkshire police officers injured in an axe attack has raised almost £8000.
The page has gained almost 600 supporters, all helping to surpass the £200 target that was set by page creator and police officer Ian Morgan.
PC Lisa Bates and four other police officers were brutally attacked with an axe while attending a call at a flat in Plowright Close, Gleadless Valley on April 13.
PC Bates was left with a fractured skull, broken leg and other severe injuries and was taken to hospital to have surgery, but is said to be recovering well.
“These Officers were just doing their job, which is undervalued and often underappreciated,” said the page creator, Ian Morgan. “This money is to help them in any way we can, so that they can try to come to terms with the events of that night.”
Other officers were also injured when trying to arrest the suspect. Local man Simon Ellis also stepped in to try and stop PC Bates from being killed.
“This incident serves to remind us all of the dangers our officers face every time they respond to an incident, putting themselves in harm’s way to serve and protect local communities in South Yorkshire,” said Deputy Chief Constable Dawn Copley. Fellow officers have described the support from across the city as ‘extraordinary’.
Nathan Sumner, 35, was arrested at the scene and later appeared in court charged with attempted murder and 12 other offences.
The Just Giving page is still open for donations for the next 16 days.