Police investigating a violent attack on two Huntly officers on Christmas Day are following "strong leads" after the community provided valuable information about the identity of the main offender.
A police officer was surrounded by a drunken mob, ‘‘king hit’’ from behind and knocked to the ground following the arrest of a 17-year-old man at a Huntly house on Tuesday night.
He was treated for grazing and a cut above one eye.
Western Waikato police area commander, Inspector Paul Carpenter, said investigators were encouraged by support from local residents who say the cowardly attack has nothing to do with the spirit of their town.
‘‘We are following strong leads in relation to identifying and hopefully locating the main offender and others involved and feedback from residents suggests Huntly locals were just as appalled about what happened as police,’’ Mr Carpenter said.
‘‘It's situations such as the attack on our two officers on James Henry St that the likes of
Crimestoppers come to the fore. Crimestoppers allows people to leave information with the police anonymously and local residents have certainly taken advantage of this.’’
Mr Carpenter urged the offender to make contact with police and arrange to hand himself in before the community does.
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