Serious assault against female police officer in Ōtāhuhu, Police praise Tonga-Lebanon crowd

    Counties Manukau Police were investigating a serious assault against a police officer last night, which occurred while staff were dealing with disorder in Ōtāhuhu.

    The female officer was taken to hospital with a head and arm injury after being knocked unconscious by an unknown man from behind.

    Inspector Rod Honan said Police wish to speak to anyone who has information which may help with enquiries.

    “Someone knows exactly who committed this cowardly act and we urge the offender, or anyone with information, to come forward,” he says.

    “We know a number of people would have seen the offender.

    “Police staff work tirelessly every day to keep our community safe and violent acts like this against our officers are unacceptable.

    “The officer has been discharged from hospital today and will continue to receive support while she recovers at home,” says Inspector Honan.

    Information should be shared with Counties Manukau Crime Squad on 09 261 1321.

    Alternatively, information may be shared anonymously with Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

    No arrests at Tonga-Lebanon match

    Meanwhile, Police have praised the crowd at last night’s Rugby League World Cup 2017 quarter final between Tonga and Lebanon at Christchurch Stadium.

    Canterbury District Metro Area Commander Superintendent Lane Todd said there were no incidents of concern and no arrests.

    Police evicted one person for intoxication, but the level of alcohol consumption was low.

    “It’s been really good.

    The crowd was really well behaved with no issues with alcohol.”

    Forward commander at the ground, Senior Sergeant Matt Emery, said the vocal and vibrant crowd had created a great atmosphere.

    “We had no issues whatsoever.

    The crowd was awesome.”

    He said Police would continue to keep a strong presence in the central city throughout the evening.

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