Shot Leeds policewoman looking forward to Christmas at home

PC Suzanne Hudson.
PC Suzanne Hudson.
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The police officer who was seriously injured when she was shot during a routine call in Leeds is set to spend Christmas at home.

PC Suzanne Hudson, 33, has been in hospital since she was shot while investigating a complaint about criminal damage in Hyde Park on December 4.

But she has now been discharded after her health significantly improved.

Chief Superintendent Paul Money, Leeds district commander, said: “Assistant Chief Constable Mark Milsom and I visited Suzanne in hospital yesterday and she had made excellent progress, so much so that her consultant was happy for her to be discharged in time for Christmas.

“She is in good spirits and is looking forward to Christmas at home with her family. She is overwhelmed by all the messages of support and best wishes that she has received from colleagues and others.

“She will require further hospital treatment as she continues to recover but that will be as an outpatient. It is great news that she is now out of hospital and we wish her all the best for her continued recovery.”

PC Hudson suffered injuries to her face, neck and hand when she was shot in Cardigan Road on December 4 during only her second night shift as an officer with the response unit responsible for dealing with 999 calls.

Her colleague, PC Richard Whiteley, was unhurt in the incident.

James Leslie, 37, is charged with the attempted murder of both officers.

He is also accused of illegal possession of a firearm, possession of a shotgun with intention to endanger life, criminal damage and possession of cannabis.

Leslie is expected to stand trial in April after being remanded in custody last week.

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