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Last updated 05:00 09/01/2013

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Two Dargaville police officers who were assaulted by intoxicated party-goers on Christmas Day are both out of hospital.

About 8pm on Christmas Day the two officers were allegedly attacked after being called to deal with a group of intoxicated youths seen damaging letter boxes and street signs in Dargaville.

Church-goers saw the youths damaging letterboxes and police located them a short distance away.

The group entered an address in Tirarau St where a party was in progress. Party-goers at the address became aggressive and assaulted police as they tried to deal with the youths.

The officers were allegedly punched and hit to the ground then kicked.

One officer was knocked unconscious. The second officer attempted to protect him but was also kicked in the head and received bruising to his face.

One woman allegedly used a brick as weapon and then tried to shoot the officer with his own taser. When it failed to fire she smashed it.

Police were assisted by Fire Brigade members and would like to acknowledge their support.

Police arrested five people in relation to the incident.

Inquiries are continuing and police expect further charges to be laid and further arrests to be made.

Both officers were taken to Dargaville Hospital where they were placed under observation and treated for their injuries.

Police are also appealing to witnesses to contact Dargaville police if they saw the incident and can assist with identifying suspects and reporting damage in the areas of Gordon St and Tirarau St. Or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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