Ar­rests af­ter ‘dis­grace­ful’ in­ci­dent

South Waikato News - - NEWS -

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.

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