Officers attacked in CBD

Heidi Costello

TWO Bundaberg police officers were seriously injured after they were allegedly attacked in the CBD while trying to break up a fight between a man and a woman.

Bundaberg police Sergeant Steve Schultz said the officers responded to a 000 call at 11.15pm Wednesday, after a bystander reported a man was "bashing" a woman in Targo St, opposite the Grand Hotel.

"Screaming could be heard over the phone," he said.

Sgt Schultz said it was believed the man then chased the woman down the street before the pair was located minutes later at the intersection of Quay and Barolin Sts.

It is alleged that when a policeman and policewoman arrived they were immediately confronted by the man and the officers made a call for urgent assistance at 11.20pm.

Four minutes later, a witness called 000 and reported police were being assaulted.

Police allege that, while being arrested, the man punched the male senior constable several times, causing them both to fall to the ground.

The officer sprained his shoulder and hand and suffered grazes to his arms and legs in the scuffle.

The woman also allegedly assaulted a first-year female constable, causing a cut to her chin and hands and bruising to the back of her head.

Sgt Schultz said other police crews arrived on scene to help the two officers, and the man and woman were restrained and were remanded in custody in the Bundaberg Watchhouse overnight.

Yesterday, a 23-year-old man and 22-year-old woman appeared in Bundaberg Magistrates Court in relation to the incident.

The man, from Orange, NSW, was charged with two counts of seriously assaulting a police officer and one count of wilful damage.

The woman, from Sharon, was charged with two counts of seriously assaulting police.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Jason Todman opposed the bail application, saying because both of the defendants had listed Orange as their home address, they may not come back to Queensland to face the charges against them.

"They may flee back to NSW," Sgt Todman said.

"The concern is that they won't turn up again."

The prosecutor suggested both the defendants put up a surety of $2000-$3000 to ensure they both returned.

Both were granted bail by Magistrate Jennifer Batts.

The pair have not entered pleas to the charges against them and the matter will come before the court again for mention on June 1.

Topics:  attack, cbd, police



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