Three police officers were assaulted, one requiring treatment at Orange Health Service, and others were threatened with violence during New Year’s Eve celebrations in Orange.
Central West Police District Chief Inspector Peter Atkins said violence towards police is prevalent but Monday night was a higher rate than normal.
“It was a very busy night in Orange, unfortunately alcohol-induced violence was prevalent,” Chief Inspector Atkins said.
“It’s very disappointing the violence shown towards police last night.”
“It started about 12.45am when we arrested a 21-year-old male who refused to leave a licensed premises in Summer Street.
“He allegedly assaulted a security guard and then punched a police officer to his face upon arrest.”
It’s very disappointing the violence shown towards police last night.Chief Inspector Peter Atkins
Chief Inspector Atkins said the man allegedly assaulted the security guard who was attempting to evict him from the hotel, and the man was refused bail to appear before bail court on Tuesday.
“Further incidents included police attending a number of parties which we had to break up,” he said.
“With these parties a number of young persons were alcohol or drug affected, refused to move on or refused to comply with police directions.”
Chief Inspector Atkins said at a party in West Orange, a 16-year-old boy allegedly punched police and resisted arrest.
In Woodward Street about 3am police were called to an affray where a 14-year-old male was arrested for allegedly threatening members of the public and police.
“During this incident a further 16-year-old male child allegedly punched a police officer in the back of his head,” Chief Inspector Atkins said.
“He’s been arrested and charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm to a police officer and resist assault police.
The most most serious resulted in one constable being admitted to and treated in hospital [they’ve] been released.Chief Inspector Peter Atkins
“The most most serious resulted in one constable being admitted to and treated in hospital [they’ve] been released.”
Chief Inspector Atkins said extra police worked on New Year’s Eve and it was standard practice for all police in Orange to wear body worn cameras with any evidence gathered and used to be presented towards the courts.
“[It was] disappointing, the level of violence towards police and indeed the public,” he said..
“We’ve filed a number of domestic violence incidents today, we will allege that a number of victims have been assaulted in domestic relationships.”
Along with violence, a number of people were arrested for drink-driving drug-driving and those people will be dealt with by court attendance notices.
Among them was a 36-year-old man who was stopped on Leeds Parade a bit after midnight.
He was charged with mid-range drink-driving and being a cancelled driver.
A 19-year-old woman was also arrested was refused bail to appear in court on Tuesday.
She was charged with being a disqualified driver, driving an unregistered vehicle, possession of drugs and goods in custody.
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