Cop knocked out
A police constable was knocked unconscious and seriously injured while trying to arrest a man in Rotorua overnight. About midnight on Thursday the constable and another officer were responding to an emergency call at an Owhata property, police said. As the constable was arresting a man for allegedly assaulting a female, a second offender jumped a fence and struck the officer on the side of the head, knocking him unconscious. The officer suffered serious head injuries and is in a stable condition in Waikato Hospital.