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Man charged with police officer murder bid after axe attack

Published 15/04/2016

Police at the scene in Plowright Close, Sheffield, where a female officer was seriously injured during an incident involving a man reportedly armed with an axe
Police at the scene in Plowright Close, Sheffield, where a female officer was seriously injured during an incident involving a man reportedly armed with an axe

A 35-year-old man has been charged with the attempted murder of a female police officer who was seriously injured in an axe attack.

Nathan Sumner, of Plowright Close, Gleadless, Sheffield, has also been charged with a number of other offences in connection with the incident on Wednesday night.

The officer, who has not been named, lost a finger when she was attacked with a hatchet after attending a domestic incident in Plowright Close. She also suffered a fractured skull and a broken leg.

Sumner will appear at Sheffield Magistrates' Court on Friday.

Sumner faces a charge of attempted murder, seven 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.

The female officer was the most seriously hurt of five police officers injured in the attack after she and a male colleague responded to what they thought was a "routine" domestic incident.

The incident began at a flat but finished in a nearby Co-op store where the attacker was subdued by officers using batons and a Taser.

Simon Ellis, 46, described how he witnessed the attack and then pulled the injured officer into his flat.

South Yorkshire Police said she remains in hospital.

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