14yo girl punches police officer in the face, Hornsby
A teenage girl has been charged after allegedly attacking a police officer at a shopping centre in Sydney’s north.
Uniformed officers were patrolling at Hornsby Westfield at about 4.30pm on Tuesday when they attempted to move on a group of young people.
Police allege a 14-year-old girl then, without provocation, attacked a female senior constable.
She allegedly punched the officer in the face and kicked her in the leg before being arrested by uniformed and plain-clothes officers.
The senior constable was treated for soreness to her face and arm, but didn’t need to go to hospital.
The 14-year-old has been charged with assault an officer and resisting an officer and has been granted conditional bail.
She’ll face children’s court next month.
A 16-year-old boy and 17-year-old girl were also arrested for unrelated street offences and later released.
President of the NSW Police Association Tony King tells Ben Fordham there are about 50 assaults on police officers every week in NSW.
“The ripple effects of that go right through the police community.
“Ironically enough we do have strong penalties for assaults on police officers and emergency service workers, but we’re not seeing those handed out.”
He also calls on the Premier to encourage the public to respect the police.
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Three more police officers have been assaulted after attending a house fire in Sydney’s west on Tuesday night.
Emergency services arrived at the home on Centenary Road at South Wentworth at about 9.30pm, finding it well alight.
The blaze was extinguished, and no one was injured with the cause still under investigation.
Checks revealed a 37-year-old woman at the scene had two outstanding warrants for assault, resisting police, intimidating police, and making vexatious phone calls.
When officers tried to place her under arrest, she allegedly scratched one and kicked another several times.
She was taken to Westmead Hospital for minor smoke inhalation, where she allegedly spat in the face of another officer.
The woman has been charged with three counts of assaulting an officer and had her outstanding warrants executed.
She has been refused bail to appear in court today.
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