Further medical treatment planned for injured officer

Further medical treatment planned for injured officer

National News

Injured Waiouru officer Bruce Mellor has spent the weekend out of hospital but will return soon for further assessment and treatment, Superintendent Russell Gibson, Central Police District Commander said today.

"Bruce has spent the weekend convalescing with family and friends but he needs further hospital treatment for his facial and head injuries as part of his longer term rehabilitation.

"Bruce is by nature a humble and private man. He's overwhelmed by the hundreds of cards and messages of support he's received; and by the lovely flowers which have brightened his days and those of people looking after him."

Superintendent Gibson said that the huge number of messages, many from people unknown, was very appreciated by Bruce, his friends and family, and police.

"These generous and supportive messages have boosted Bruce and all of us," Superintendent Gibson said. "It's good news that Bruce is out of hospital, albeit temporarily."

In a statement, Senior Constable Mellor said that he's making good progress. "Thank you everyone for your kind thoughts and messages. I hope at some point I will be able to thank you personally or through other communications channels."

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Media note: Senior Constable Mellor appreciates your interest in interviewing him but he needs to focus on recovery and declines media interview requests. He asks that you please respect this request

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