Northland Police have arrested a male following an incident where a police officer was allegedly assaulted and knocked unconscious in Otaika.
Police were called to an incident at the shops on Otaika Road around 4pm yesterday afternoon to respond to reports of a male acting disorderly outside the shops.
Police arrived and spoke with the man in question.
The man then allegedly assaulted one of the police officers who received a facial injury and was temporarily knocked unconscious.
The alleged offender then fled the scene before he was located and arrested by Police a short time later.
Superintendent Tony Hill, Northland District Commander, says the officer involved remains in hospital where they are recovering from their injuries.
Police staff are currently supporting the officer and they are also being provided with welfare support.
“This is the second occasion in two weeks where a Northland police officer has been attacked on duty by a member of the public.
“I am appalled by this person’s behaviour. Both of these incidents are completely unacceptable.
“We take these matters very seriously and we will ensure anyone responsible for hurting a Police officer is held to account.
“My staff arrive at work every day to protect members of the public and keep our communities safe and this is the last thing they deserve.
“What I was pleased to see was that members of the public came to the aid of the officer and others tried to assist with apprehending the offender. The public support we currently have is fantastic and I want to express my gratitude to those who came to assist,” says Superintendent Hill.
A 43-year-old male has been charged with Wounding with intent to cause Grievous Bodily Harm and Assaults Police and was due to appear in the Whangarei District Court today.
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