UPDATE: Officer allegedly threatened with a knife in Hamilton

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A man has been charged with damaging a police vehicle after he allegedly kicked the door during an incident where officers were threatened with a knife earlier this week.

Two men, aged 28 and 35, were charged after allegedly threatening officers with a knife during a brawl in Hamilton South about 2.10pm on Tuesday.

During the brawl, officers will allege in court that a 22-year-old man damaged the police vehicle then ran from the scene.

Investigations led police to arrest the man in Hamilton South, while they were conducting proactive patrols of the area.

He was taken to Newcastle Police Station, where he was charged with possess prohibited drug, malicious damage, and affray.

He was refused bail and appeared in Newcastle Local Court today (Thursday 25 June).


EARLIER:

A man has been charged after allegedly threatening a police officer with a knife in Hamilton yesterday.

Police will allege in court that at about 2.10pm yesterday (Tuesday 23 June), officers attached to Newcastle City Police District were patrolling Hamilton South when they were approached by a member of the public about a possible brawl occurring on Fowler Street.

Police approached the crowd that was gathered and as they stopped the marked police vehicle, a 28-year-old man allegedly approached the driver’s side window armed with a large knife.

The driver, a Senior Constable, had the window down to speak with the man who allegedly raised the knife toward him.

The driver’s partner, also a Senior Constable, exited the vehicle and called upon the man to drop the knife.

The man dropped the weapon as the two officers subsequently placed him under arrest.

During the arrest, a second man, aged 35, approached the officers and attempted to stop them effecting the arrest, while a third man kicked the door of the police vehicle.

The officers called for further assistance as they deployed OC (pepper) spray towards the 35-year-old.

Further police arrived shortly after and arrested the man.

Both were taken to Newcastle Police Station and charged.

The 28-year-old Hamilton South man was charged with using an offensive weapon with intent to commit indictable offence. He was refused bail to appear in Newcastle Local Court today (Wednesday 24 June).

The 35-year-old man, also from Hamilton South, was charged with affray and hinder police. He was refused bail to appear at Newcastle Local Court today (Wednesday 24 June).

Investigations are continuing to identify and locate the third man.

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