Nottinghamshire Police officer Diedrik Coetzee in stable condition after hit and run

A POLICE offcer seriously injured in a hit-and-run incident in Rainworth remains in hospital two weeks on from the incident, but is showing signs of improvement.

Pc Diederik Coetzee, of Nottinghamshire Police, was struck by a car from behind as he cycled along Blidworth Lane on 25th November.

The motorist drove away from the scene, leaving the 54-year-old at the side of the road seriously hurt.

Three men, aged 25, 29 and 32, and a 36-year-old woman were arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving, failure to stop at the scene of a collision, and failure to report a crime, and remain on police bail.

Pc Coetzee, who used to patrol the Ladybrook estate on his bike and was hailed as a ‘supercop’ and ‘Robocop’ in national news coverage after achieving a record arrest rate, remains at King’s Mill Hospital where he is described as being in a stable condition, and showing signs of improvements.

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.

“The support from well-wishers, members of the public and other police officers has been really touching,” said a police spokesman.

To free up call operators at Nottinghamshire Police headquarters, the public are being asked to direct their messages to Pc Coetzee and his family to fhqpro@nottinghamshire.pnn.police.uk.

Folk can also add well wishes to the Nottinghamshire Police Facebook page.

Witnesses or anyone with information about the collision should ring police on 101 ext 8002225 or call Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.