Glen Innes police officer allegedly hospitalised, kicked in face

The incident occurred on Wentworth Street at 7.20pm on Friday August 9.
The incident occurred on Wentworth Street at 7.20pm on Friday August 9.

A Glen Innes police officer was hospitalised after being kicked in the face while arresting a man for breaching a restraining order last night, police said.

Police say they had arrested a 22 year old man who was in breach of an Apprehended Domestic Violence Order on Wentworth street at 7.20am on Friday August 9.

They were walking him to a police truck when he allegedly knocked a female officer to the ground and kicked her in the face.

She was treated in Glen Innes Hospital for a suspected broken nose and was kept under observation for several hours before being released, according to a police media release. It's expected the officer will need further treatment next week.

The man has been charged with two counts of assaulting police, and one each of resist arrest and breaching the order.

He was refused bail overnight to appear in Armidale Local Court on Saturday August 10.

Glen Innes police aggressively target domestic violence offenders and enforce domestic violence court orders during known periods of elevated family violence. According to Inspector Matt Hemsworth these patrols have helped halve the domestic violence assault rate since 2016.