THE FAMILY of a Mansfield police officer seriously hurt in a hit-and-run have publicly thanked the “generosity and kindness” shown by locals.
Mansfield town centre Pc Diederik Coetzee was cycling along Blidworth Lane, near Rainworth, while off-duty when he was hit by a car and left injured by the road on 25th November last year.
Nottinghamshire Police also said this week the 54-year-old has been moved from King’s Mill Hospital to Ashfield Community Hospital as he shows signs of improvement.
Along with countless messages of support for Pc Coetzee, his family have been given a cheque for £1,000 from local businesses and their customers. They intend to donate it to a good cause.
In a statement issued through the force, the Coetzee family said: “We have been overwhelmed by the generosity and kindness shown by all the traders in Mansfield and the community at large.
“The hundreds of get-well messages received by the family have been an enormous source of comfort and demonstrate just how thoughtful the Mansfield community and those further afield really are.
“Diederik will be encouraged by this support over the months ahead during his recovery.
“We would also like to thank the staff at King’s Mill Hospital for their continued efforts to give Diederik the best possible care. It is, at times like these, when you really appreciate the excellent facilities we have on our doorstep.
“We are determined to actively involve ourselves in the fundraising drives they have, to ensure they are able to continue to offer the highest level of care to all of us for years to come.”
Pc Coetzee, who used to patrol the Ladybrook estate on his bike, was hailed as a ‘supercop’ and ‘Robocop’ in national news coverage after achieving a record arrest rate.
Support for Pc Coetzee and his family has flooded in from all over the world, from the USA to South Africa - the country where the officer was born.
Four people have been arrested and bailed in connection with the incident.
A Volkswagen Corrado, believed to have been involved in the collision, has also been seized by police.