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Police arrest man accused of knocking officer unconscious in Northland incident

A man has been arrested after allegedly assaulting a police officer at an incident in Otaika, Whangarei yesterday.

Police were called to the shops at Otaika Road at about 4pm to reports of a man acting in a disorderly manner.

After speaking with the man, police say one of the officers was assaulted. He was temporarily knocked unconscious and received a facial injury.

The alleged offender then fled the scene but was shortly after located and arrested, police say. 

Superintendent Tony Hill, Northland District Commander, said the officer involved remains in hospital. 

“This is the second occasion in two weeks where a Northland police officer has been attacked on duty by a member of the public," he said. “I am appalled by this person’s behaviour.

"The public support we currently have is fantastic and I want to express my gratitude to those who came to assist.”

A 43-year-old male has been charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm and assaults of a police officer. He was due to appear in the Whangārei District Court today.

Source: 1 NEWS