Drunk mob attacks policemen

AMY MAAS
Last updated 14:20 26/12/2012

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A policeman was king hit from behind after being set upon by a "large intoxicated mob" on Christmas Day in Huntly.

It is the fifth time a police officer has been attacked by a group of drunk people in the past four days.

In the latest incident, two Huntly policemen were following up a boy racer complaint last night and were speaking to five youths involved.

Western Waikato Area Commander, Inspector Paul Carpenter, said the 17-year-old driver of the car fled on foot before being found outside a James Henry St address around 10pm.

"That address and the one behind had separate parties going on with several intoxicated people inside and outside the properties," Carpenter said.

"As our officers were arresting the 17-year-old he began to actively resist the officers and a crowd from both parties converged on the patrol car."

While one of the policemen tried to calm down the crowd, the second officer arrested the driver and put him in the back of the patrol car.

"About this time a large male has run at one of the officers and king hit him from behind, knocking the officer to the ground as the crowd surrounded the patrol car," Carpenter said.

One of the officers activated his safety alarm while the "dazed" policeman managed to get into the patrol car.

Police squads from Hamilton were called to the scene and the injured officer was treated for grazing and a cut above one eye.

Carpenter said the attack was not only cowardly, but "totally unacceptable".

"Here we have two Police officers working Christmas Day helping to keep the public safe, responding to a 111 call from the public who are then set upon by a large intoxicated mob."

An arrest in the attack was likely.

On Friday night, a policewoman had her ankle broken while attending a domestic incident.

A second policeman was attacked by a mother and son in Matamata.

On Christmas day, two policemen were injured in Dargaville after a woman at a party used a brick as a weapon and then tried to shoot one officer with his own Taser.

The officer was knocked unconscious, while the other tried to protect him but was kicked in the head.

All the attacks involved people who had been drinking.

Anyone who witnessed the attack in Huntly or knows the identity of the attacker is asked to call Huntly police on 07 828 7560 or to call Crimestopper anonymously on 0800 555 111.

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