Cop at­tack­ers to face court

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - AN­DREW BACKHOUSE

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.

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