Of­fi­cer as­saulted by adults in high school brawl

Townsville Bulletin - - National Snapshot -

NSW

A PO­LICE­MAN who was punched dur­ing a brawl and who fought back has won sup­port from his su­pe­ri­ors.

Six adults, aged from 26 to 50, ar­rested out­side Hox­ton High School, in Hinch­in­brook, in Syd­ney’s south­west on Wed­nes­day were charged with var­i­ous of­fences.

‘‘ One of the sergeants was punched in the face a cou­ple of times at that scene by one of the males,’’ Acting Su­per­in­ten­dent Stephen Corry said.

‘‘ The sergeant’s a bit of a tough char­ac­ter ... He gave a cou­ple back too, just in de­fence of him­self.’’

When oth­ers be­came in­volved in the con­fronta­tion and some of­fi­cers were in­jured, po­lice re­sorted to cap­sicum spray.

That night, about 40 sup­port­ers went to Green Val­ley po­lice sta­tion where the ar­rested men and women were be­ing held.

Po­lice said they were told to leave af­ter they be­came abu­sive and claim­ing a woman’s head scarf was ripped off in the in­ci­dent. The group then gath­ered out­side the sta­tion but left a short time later. Acting Supt Corry said it was pos­si­ble that dur­ing the ini­tial in­ci­dent one of the women’s head cov­er­ings was re­moved.

‘‘ There was some sug­ges­tion ... that a veil had been re­moved from one of the fe­males ... Nat­u­rally, dur­ing that ar­rest there was con­fronta­tion and a strug­gle and that could have eas­ily oc­curred,’’ he said.

Acting Supt Corry said it was be­lieved a pre­vi­ous in­ci­dent be­tween stu­dents had led to the adults go­ing to the school. The four women and two men ar­rested have been charged with of­fences in­clud­ing af­fray, in­tim­i­da­tion, as­sault po­lice, re­sist ar­rest and of­fen­sive lan­guage. They were granted bail, with con­di­tions in­clud­ing that they do not go near or con­tact the school, and are due to ap­pear in court on April 8. Hox­ton High stu­dents ges­ture to

po­lice in­ves­ti­gat­ing the brawl

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