Police attacked at Yamba

A MAN, 30, has been charged over the brutal assault of three police officers in Yamba and Grafton on Saturday.

Police said one officer was attacked by the man at a Yamba home. Following his arrest, the man had attacked two officers at Grafton Police Station.

An officer attached to Coffs/Clarence Local Area Command had gone to the home in Ballanda Crescent, Yamba, at 4.15pm to ‘serve papers’ on the man.

The man had punched the male senior constable twice. The blows had struck the officer on the head. The man had pushed the officer into a wall. Police said the officer used capsicum spray to subdue the man – without success. The man  fled and was arrested later at a house in Charles Street, Iluka.

He was taken to Grafton Police Station. There, he attempted to bite the face of a male sergeant, before striking him on the head. The man had then bitten the arm of a male constable. Police used capsicum spray to subdue the man.

The man has been charged with assaulting police, causing actual bodily harm (two counts), assaulting police and resisting arrest. He was refused bail and is set to appear in Grafton Local Court.

The injured senior constable was taken by ambulance to Lismore Base Hospital. The sergeant and constable were taken to Grafton Base Hospital for treatment.



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