Female police officer assaulted in Lake Macquarie

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A man has been charged after a female police officer was assaulted during an arrest in Lake Macquarie overnight.

About 8pm on Monday 15 February, a male entered the backyard of a home on King Street, Hillsborough, where it’s alleged he damaged sporting equipment.

The homeowners confronted him a short time later before he fled and ran through several nearby properties, continuing to damage homes.

A second homeowner faced the man on Percy Street when it’s claimed the man tackled him and punched him in the face several times.

Officers from Lake Macquarie Police District attended a short time later and a female senior constable attempted to arrest the 20-year-old.

Police will allege he punched the officer to the side of the head and pulled at her hair before he was arrested with assistance from other officers.

The senior constable sustained bruising and swelling to her face and was taken to John Hunter Hospital for treatment.

The 20-year-old Charlestown man was also taken to hospital under police guard for treatment to injuries sustained during the incident.

He was released from hospital this morning (Tuesday 16 February) and taken to Belmont Police Station.

The man was charged with nine offences including two counts of destroy or damage property, two counts of enter building/land with intent to commit indictable offence, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, assault police officer in execution of duty cause actual bodily harm, and three counts of resist or hinder police officer in the execution of duty.

He was refused bail to appear at Belmont Local Court on Tuesday 16 February.