More po­lice as­saulted

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - RACHEL RI­LEY

A FE­MALE po­lice of­fi­cer was kicked in the chest while another male of­fi­cer was spat on in two sep­a­rate al­leged se­ri­ous as­saults while on duty in Kir­wan.

This comes af­ter the Bul­letin re­vealed more than three po­lice a week were be­ing punched, kicked and spat on by crim­i­nals in Townsville.

At about 10.30pm on Fri­day, po­lice were called to a residential ad­dress on Thuringowa Drive af­ter re­ports of a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in­ci­dent. When of­fi­cers at­tempted to ar­rest a man, he al­legedly kicked a 20- year- old fe­male of­fi­cer in the chest, knock­ing her to the ground.

Cap­sicum spray was used to sub­due the man, who was ar­rested and trans­ported to the Townsville watch- house.

Just an hour later at a li­censed venue on Kern Broth­ers Drive, a male pa­tron al­legedly yelled at po­lice on a walk through, be­fore he then spat on a male of­fi­cer’s arm.

Po­lice moved to ar­rest the man but he al­legedly fought and re­sisted the of­fi­cers.

North­ern Re­gion Act­ing As­sis­tant Com­mis­sioner Paul Tay­lor de­scribed the latest al­leged vi­o­lent at­tacks on of­fi­cers as “de­spi­ca­ble acts”.

“Sadly there are some peo­ple in the com­mu­nity who do not value the work that po­lice do and think it’s a funny or brave act to con­duct them­selves in that way,” he said.

A Kir­wan man, 22, charged with se­ri­ous as­sault of the fe­male of­fi­cer, ap­peared in Townsville Mag­is­trates Court on Satur­day where he was given bail and or­dered to reap­pear in court on Au­gust 12.

Another Kir­wan man, 29, charged with the se­ri­ous as­sault of the male of­fi­cer and ob­struct­ing po­lice, also ap­peared in Townsville Mag­is­trates Court on Satur­day where he was given bail and or­dered to ap­pear in court again on Au­gust 17.

Dis­trict Duty Of­fi­cer Act­ing Se­nior Sergeant David Lynch said de­spite re­cent pub­lic­ity, the warn­ings about the con­se­quences of as­sault­ing po­lice had not been heeded.

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