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Woman charged over police assault - Coffs Harbour

Sunday, 26 February 2017 09:35:59 PM

Police have charged a woman after a police officer was struck in the head during an incident at Coffs Harbour today.

About 7am today (Sunday 26 February 2017), police were called to the Coffs Harbour Health Campus emergency department after reports that a patient had become aggressive and abusive towards staff, security officers and other patients.

Officers from Coffs Clarence Local Area Command attended and attempted to speak with the 41-year-old woman who had entered a cleaner’s room.

A female officer attempted to negotiate with the woman and was struck on the forehead with a mop causing a laceration.

The woman was detained by other officers and sedated by nursing staff.

She remained at hospital under guard, until released by medical staff, into police custody.

The woman was then conveyed to Coffs Harbour Police Station where she was later charged with assault police officer in the execution of duty, resist officer in execution of duty, common assault (x 3),

Offensive behaviour and destroy or damage property.

The woman was refused bail to appear at Coffs Harbour Local Court on Monday 27 February 2017.

The injured officer received several sutures and was unable to complete her shift. She is currently on sick report.