Po­lice at­tacks fo­cus

High- rank­ing of­fi­cer says there’ll be ‘ no tol­er­ance’ of as­saults

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - CHAR­LIE PEEL char­lie. peel@ news. com. au

A PO­LICE of­fi­cer was re­peat­edly punched in the face and another of­fi­cer spat on in two sep­a­rate in­ci­dents in Townsville dur­ing the week­end.

The at­tacks bring the num­ber of Townsville po­lice of­fi­cers as­saulted in the past two weeks to eight.

About 2am on Satur­day at Flin­ders St, a po­lice of­fi­cer tried to ar­rest a 22- year- old Yep­poon man who pushed him to the ground, fell on top of him and punched him re­peat­edly in the face.

Later that morn­ing a man spat on a fe­male of­fi­cer at Townsville Watch House with the saliva land­ing on her uni­form.

North­ern Re­gion Act­ing As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Paul Tay­lor likened the al­leged cul­prits to “wild an­i­mals” but said only a small mi­nor­ity of peo­ple were caus­ing trou­ble for po­lice.

“Peo­ple have to take re­spon­si­bil­ity for their ac­tions,” he said. “The role of the po­lice is to go out and keep the com­mu­nity safe.

“Peo­ple who as­sault po­lice of­fi­cers need to take a hard look at how they fit into so­ci­ety.

“If they carry on like a twoyear- old, they are not ma­ture enough to go out and drink.”

In the last fort­night there were six other re­ported as­saults on po­lice in Townsville, with three of­fi­cers spat on, one pushed to the ground and another punched and kicked. Both po­lice of­fi­cers in the latest spate of as­saults es­caped with­out in­jury.

Po­lice had to use cap­sicum spray to sub­due the man dur­ing the first as­sault.

He was charged with two counts of se­ri­ous as­sault on po­lice and one count of fail­ing to leave a li­censed premise.

A 34- year- old Kir­wan man al­legedly re­spon­si­ble for spit­ting on the of­fi­cer has been charged with se­ri­ous as­sault on po­lice and he was also fac­ing public nui­sance charges.

Dis­trict Duty Of­fi­cer Se­nior Sergeant Ian Wilkie said the of­fi­cer was lucky to es­cape the in­ci­dent, with no saliva land­ing on her face or mouth.

“The spit landed on the of­fi­cer’s uni­form and she did not re­quire dis­ease test­ing; how­ever, any form of spit­ting is a dis­gust­ing act,” he said.

Mr Tay­lor said some peo­ple still weren’t get­ting the mes­sage that as­saults on po­lice won’t be tol­er­ated.

Both men will ap­pear in Townsville Mag­is­trates Court later this month.

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