Man accused of assaulting female cop

Police taking the alleged offender into custody. Photo: Ashlee Peters.

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A man has been arrested after allegedly assaulting a female police officer on The Strand yesterday afternoon.

The incident occurred just after 1pm, and was witnessed by several onlookers, some of whom tried to intervene.

At woman who saw the attack unfold told SunLive the officer approached a man who ‘appeared to be homeless’ near the wharf, on the corner of The Strand and Devonport Road.

There followed an altercation, in which the officer ended up on the ground, where the man allegedly began kicking her in the head.

Two people then chased the man and tackled him to ground.

A police spokesperson says a 28-year-old man has since been arrested, on a charge of injuring with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.

The charge can carry a sentence of up to 10 years’ imprisonment.

The accused was held in police custody overnight and will appear in the District Court at Tauranga today.

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Murray Guy

Posted on 31-08-2017 08:14 | By Ben Dover

Why is it that you fail to mention the vicious injury to the Police Officer instead of trying to score points?

Excuse for a human being.

Posted on 30-08-2017 22:29 | By Ben Dover

Let’s hope this moron gets the maximum sentence for this cowardly attack!"

A sad reflection of reality, society.

Posted on 30-08-2017 21:03 | By Murray.Guy

More than likely another victim of an inept mental health policy that fails to meet the needs of the individual or the community.Rather than an appropriate health support response we define them as suspicious looking and have them arrested, handcuffed, locked in a cell, and put before a judge, .... rather than a doctor, a supportive care environment.