Top police furious after assault

POLICE commanders are seething over the assault of four of their officers at Moonee Beach.

One policeman was taken to hospital with an eye injury, a female officer was allegedly punched in the head while another officer drew his Taser and threatened to use it.

“It’s extremely concerning for police to be assaulted in this fashion,” said Detective Inspector Cameron Lindsay, the acting Coffs/Clarence local area commander.

“Some of these injuries were quite serious. Police don’t work to be people’s punching bags, it’s disgusting.

“Police are out there trying to make a difference – no-one should be subjected to that type of treatment in their workplace. We will be pursuing these matters vigorously through the courts.”

The incident happened about 10pm on Saturday, when police arrived at a house in Stockmans Drive after reports of a loud verbal dispute.

Police said a 47-year-old local man was spoken to along with a 32-year-old Sapphire man. Both men were heavily intoxicated and became abusive before bashing police, officers allege.

A scuffle broke out involving the 47-year-old man and two male officers. He allegedly kicked and punched police as he was wrestled to the ground. The 32-year-old allegedly threatened two officers while trying to free his friend. He allegedly pushed one female officer to the ground and as she tried to get up he punched her to the side of the head.

Both men were charged and will appear in Coffs Harbour Local Court on November 15.

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