Calls for honour for hero who saved Sheffield police officer's life

Calls have been made for a hero who saved a Sheffield police officer's life to be honoured for his bravery.

Wednesday, 11th May 2016, 1:10 pm
Updated Wednesday, 11th May 2016, 1:15 pm
Calls for hero Simon Ellis to receive a medal for his bravery

Simon Ellis, aged 46, pulled PC Lisa Bates to safety during an axe attack on the Gleadless Valley estate last month.

Pc Bates, aged 31, who is stationed at Woodseats, was visiting a flat in Plowright Close when she was attacked.

She suffered a fractured skull, broken leg and severe hand injuries in the attack, which required surgery.

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The officer is now recovering from her ordeal at home.

Mr Ellis was thanked for his actions by colleagues of PC Bates during a visit to Woodseats police station.

But now members of the public are calling for official recognition for his bravery.

Kay Thacker said: "Simon needs nominating for the highest award. He put his own life at risk, saved a life - a real hero."

Stefan Wright added: "Give the man a medal."

And Wendy Clift said: " Not many would risk their own safety to safe another's. Deserves a medal."

Denise Murray added: "He needs a medal."

Violence flared last month when PC Bates and a colleague arrived at a flat in Plowright Close following a call to the property.

The incident spilled out into the Co-op in nearby Blackstock Road, where a number of other officers were injured.

Nathan Sumner, aged 35, of Plowright Close, Gleadless Valley, has been charged with attempted murder, six 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.

He is remanded in custody.