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Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Two police officers allegedly assaulted in Canberra

Two people will face the ACT Magistrates Court in January charged with assaulting police officers after separate incidents on the weekend, 12-13 December.

A 20-year-old Hughes woman allegedly assaulted a police officer at about 2.40am on Saturday. Police had been called to assist after both the woman and a man were banned from entering a licensed premises, but refused to leave the area.

The woman will be summonsed to face court on Thursday 14 January 2021, charged with assaulting a frontline community service provider, resisting a territory public official, and re-entering a premises after being refused admission.

In another incident, a 37-year-old Symonston man was involved in a physical altercation with another man in East Row, Canberra City, at about 2.30am on Sunday.

Police will allege that after they separated the men, the 37-year-old refused to supply his name and address, and subsequently assaulted one of the officers.

The man will be summonsed to face court on Friday 15 January 2021 charged with assaulting a frontline community service provider, obstructing a territory public official, and refusing to provide a name and address to police.

ACT Policing Acting Superintendent North District, Colin Giumelli, said both incidents were avoidable.

“Canberra’s nightlife is starting to return to ‘normal’; more people are out at night as COVID-19 restrictions ease, and we’re happy to see people having a good time,” Acting Superintendent Giumelli said.

“Unfortunately, over the weekend these people clearly went too far, and now they’ll have to face the court to answer for their actions.

“I ask people to think about what they’re doing, especially if they’ve had a few drinks. Police will be looking out for antisocial behaviour over the holiday period, and those caught doing the wrong thing will have their evening cut short.”

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