Police officer 'punched inthe head'

A BUNDABERG policeman has been left battered and bruised, after he was attacked while making an arrest early yesterday morning.

The constable and another officer responded to reports of a disturbance at a house on Skyring Street, Bundaberg East, about 12.30am yesterday.

“They arrested a man for public nuisance, and during the arrest, there was a scuffle,” a Queensland Police Service spokeswoman said.

“As the constable tried to subdue the man, he was punched in the head numerous times.”

The man was eventually restrained and taken to the Bundaberg Watch-house.

The police officer was taken to Bundaberg Hospital, where he was treated for cuts and bruises.

“He suffered lacerations and bruising to his cheeks, ears and head,” the spokesperson said.

He also had a cut to his elbow.

His condition was not believed to be serious, and the constable was back at work yesterday evening.

A 24-year-old man has been charged with one count of public nuisance, and two charges of assaulting a police officer.

He has been bailed and will appear at Bundaberg Magistrates Court on August 16.

Bundaberg Police Inspector Kev Guteridge said the matter was being taken seriously.

“We are not going to tolerate any kind of assault on a police officer,” he said.

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