Bruising week for our police

BUNDABERG region police officers have allegedly suffered three serious assaults in the past week, provoking an angry response from their union.

Officers were targeted twice on Thursday in Bundaberg, including an incident in which a man allegedly drove at a policeman before punching him, while on Monday a man allegedly punched an officer after he had been pulled over on Rosedale Road.

Queensland Police Union president Ian Leavers said it was “totally unacceptable” for officers to face such treatment in the course of their work, and believed Queensland should follow Western Australia’s lead of mandatory sentencing for these kinds of offences.

On Thursday, police attended a disturbance on Branyan Street, where it is alleged that a man trying to leave the address ignored police instructions and drove at the officer.

The car allegedly hit the officer’s legs, but did not knock him over.

The officer then struggled with the man as he entered the car, took the keys from the ignition and threw them from the vehicle.

It is alleged the officer was then punched a number of times.

The injured officer attended Bundaberg Hospital for treatment.

A 53-year-old Bundaberg man will face Bundaberg Magistrates’ Court on November 16 on two cou-nts of seriously assaulting police.

Another officer was allegedly headbutted as police tried to arrest a 41-year-old man for public nuisance at 11.50pm on Thursday, in the car park of McDonald’s in Targo Street.



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