Officers clawed, belted with bike helmet in street attack

TWO police officers have been treated in hospital after being attacked by a drug-affected man in Sydney.

The officers were patrolling Cleveland Street in Surry Hills about 3.45pm on Tuesday when they allegedly spotted the 42-year-old man with a prohibited drug.

It’s understood the man resisted arrest and lashed out as the officers tried to detain him.


The man allegedly clawed the officers’ arms and faces and punched one of them before picking up a helmet and belting the other across the head with it.

It’s further alleged the man then snatched one of the officer’s glasses from his face and crushed them before tossing them on the ground.

A nearby security guard rushed to help the officers, allowing them to finally arrest the man without.

He was taken to Surry Hills Police Station and charged with a long list of offences, among them possessing a prohibited drug, resisting and assaulting police, and using an offensive weapon.

The man, from Redfern, was refused bail and due to appear in Central Local Court today.

The male and female constables were taken to St Vincent’s Hospital for treatment for multiple scratches and soft-tissue injuries. The male officer also required treatment to a laceration on his elbow.

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