South Yorks - confronted axe-wielding man

South Yorks PC Lisa Bates and PC Mark Garrett

PC Lisa Bates (left) and PC Mark Garrett

Two South Yorkshire police officers who were injured in a horrific confrontation with a man wielding an axe have been nominated for a national Police Bravery Award.

PC Lisa Bates and PC Mark Garrett had responded to a report of an ongoing domestic incident in Sheffield in April 2016, where a man had been heard making threats to kill a woman.

On arrival the officers came under immediate attack from the man who punched PC Garrett and attempted to strangle him. PAVA spray failed to stop him and he armed himself with an axe and began to chase both officers.

PC Bates, 32, suffered a number of blows to the head which fractured her skull and in an attempt to defend herself her finger was severed. As she has tried to escape her crazed attacker she broke her leg. Thankfully another resident opened his door and dragged the wounded and bleeding officer clear, at the risk of his own safety.

PC Garrett, 38, put himself back in harm’s way to distract the attacker until other officers arrived and bravely worked together to arrest the offender and administer first aid to their injured colleagues as well as tending to the initial domestic violence victim who was also in a state of distress. Throughout all of this, the officers ensured they were securing and preserving evidence for the future investigation.

Chair of South Yorkshire Police Federation, Zuleika Payne said: “PCs Lisa Bates, Mark Garrett and all of the officers who responded to this incident showed immense courage, conducting themselves with the upmost professionalism and demonstrated what is at the heart of who police officers are and what we are about. It is safe to say that this incident rocked, not only those who work in Sheffield but the wider policing family. The public response and support for Lisa, Mark and their colleagues was phenomenal.

“The effects of this attack are long-lasting for the officers and their families. They have coped with everything admirably and I am honoured to put them forward for this national award.”

Nathan Sumner, 35, was convicted of causing grievous bodily harm (GBH) with intent at Sheffield Crown Court in October 2016 and sentenced to 15-years in custody to begin his sentence in a secure psychiatric hospital.

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