Stabbed Bracknell Detective Out of Hospital

A policeman attacked during an armed robbery at a bookies in Bracknell nearly two weeks ago has been allowed to go home.

The detective, who's been named as Luke Simms, in his mid 30s, was investigating an unrelated matter at the Coral bookmakers in Bracknell, Berkshire, with a female colleague when the robbery took place at about noon on Wednesday 19th May.

He suffered two stab wounds to his stomach and is now recovering in hospital, Thames Valley Police said.

Simon Clare, director of communications at Coral, said staff at the bookmakers, who were left shaken but unharmed, owed him a ``debt of gratitude'' for his bravery.

Kes John Nattriss, 27, of no fixed abode, was charged with attempted murder and robbery on Thursday 20th May.

He appeared in Slough Magistrates Court on Friday 21st May, and will be kept in by police until he's due in Reading Crown Court on 26th August 2010.

As Luke Simms left intensive care last week, he said:

"I would like to thank my colleagues at Bracknell station as well as across the Force for their tremendous support. I’ve received so many emails and cards wishing me well.

“I’m recovering well and feeling stronger everyday! I’m now able to get out of bed and walk around the ward.

"I would also like to thank members of the public who have sent me messages of support.”