Arrests after ‘disgraceful’ incident
A Tokoroa police officer was punched in the face by a father who was inciting violence among youths, police have said.
The woman officer and another male officer were called to a youth brawl last Monday evening behind the Lomond Ave shop.
Senior Sergeant Graeme Hill said the man was seen to be inciting violence between the six youths, one was the man’s son.
‘‘This is an absolute disgrace that this man found it appropriate to punch a woman,’’ Mr Hill said.
He said the officer suffered no broken bones and is improving.
The man and the six youths were arrested.
Also, four people were arrested for drink driving over the past week which Mr Hill said was concerning.
‘‘Three of those caught were previously disqualified. We are constantly seeing repeat offenders. We have zero tolerance. With the festive season upon us police will be cracking down hard on drink driving,’’ he said.
Police arrested a 15-year-old youth for theft at Noel Leeming and the Roast Shop.
An 18- year- old man will appear in the Rotorua District Court in relation to the (nonfatal) stabbing of another man.