Cop attackers to face court
THREE people have been charged after a spate of “disgraceful” attacks on police officers at the weekend.
Two people were charged with serious assault in Townsville after a man allegedly kicked one officer and bit another, while another officer was spat on in a separate incident.
A scuffle in Charters Tow- ers also left two officers with injuries to their arms and legs.
Northern Patrol Group Townsville acting Inspector Matt Lyons said in the first incident, about 11.50pm on Friday, a 34- year- old man was refused entry to Townsville nightclub Flinders HQ. He said the man attempted to reenter the nightclub and was restrained by security guards.
“Police became involved and the male kicked out at a police officer in the groin and he fell on the ground and fractured his wrist,” he said. “Police eventually restrained him and took him to a police vehicle where he bit another police officer in the thigh, which did not break the skin.”
The man was charged with two counts of serious assault, and one each of obstructing police and public nuisance. He is due to face Townsville Magistrates Court on August 31.
Insp Lyons said another assault occurred in Kelso on Saturday night after police saw two women fighting in the street.
“Police attempted to subdue both persons when one of the females spat at a police officer,” he said. “Police were able to arrest that female and during the arrest another officer sustained a head injury.”
A 22- year- old woman will front court today on a charge of serious assault.
A third incident occurred in Charters Towers about 2.40am on Saturday after police saw a man acting suspiciously.
“While they were speaking with him he attempted to run. He struck out at police and hit an officer in the back of the head,” Insp Lyons said.
“He again attempted to run, which caused both officers to be involved in a scuffle.”
Two officers sustained abrasions on their arms and legs. A 21- year- old man will face two charges in court in Townsville today.
Insp Lyons described the alleged conduct as “disgraceful”.
“Police go to work to do their job and it’s not an expectation they will be assaulted,” he said.