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Police count cost after shocking weekend violence

WE'RE not punching bags.

That was the message from police on Tuesday as they counted the cost of out-of-control thugs on the long weekend

Two cops assaulted, a stabbing, drunken abuse and 20 arrests were the low-point for officers over the Queen's Birthday weekend.

A 17-year-old man was treated for serious stab wounds and two men were charged after a disturbance at a Toolooa St Caravan Park.

Gladstone CIB Detective Senior Sergeant Luke Peachey said on arrival police had seen a man carrying a knife.

He was arrested.

Snr Sgt Peachey said another person, the victim, was found suffering from stab wounds.

"Soon a further person was detected by police and he was arrested and charged," he said.

Multiple charges, including assault occasioning bodily harm while armed, entering a dwelling and committing an indictable offence, wilful damage, threatening violence and possessing dangerous drugs, have been laid against two men, aged 18 and 19, who will appear in Gladstone Magistrates Court at a later date.

Elsewhere, Operation Parasol officers were subjected to drunken abuse.

Two female officers were assaulted and more than 20 people were arrested - more than half for public nuisance-related offences.

Two 19-year-old men and a woman, 23, were archarged after lashing out at the two female arresting officers.

Det Snr Sgt Peachey warned the public against continuing to display aggression towards police.

"We're not there to be punching bags and we'll take appropriate and swift action against anyone who thinks that we are," he said.

"Obviously it's very concerning when those officers are trying to do their job and are being assaulted in the performance of their duties."

Long Weekend Rap

The Queen's birthday weekend proved a shocker for police with:

  • 22 people arrested
  • five charged with public nuisance
  • Man charged with two counts of assault police
  • Three people arrested for obstructing police within CBD

Topics:  gladstone crime gladstone police violence



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