Police officers ambushed, strangled in savage mob-style attack

THREE police officers have been taken to hospital after being attacked by a mob of unruly pub patrons in Brisbane.

Police were patrolling the streets of Mitchelton on Saturday night when they came across a group of people loitering around Osborne Road after being ejected from a hotel.

After noticing the patrol car, the group allegedly turned on the officers as they pulled over and got out of the vehicle.


Police said the group became “hostile” and attacked one of the officers – a 35-year-old female senior constable – before turning their attention to her 36-year-old male colleague.

It’s alleged a man from the group grabbed the female officer around the neck and began strangling her while several other members of the group attacked the male officer.

Police said the female senior constable was choked to the point where she almost lost consciousness.

The two officers called for back up and, as other police arrived, it’s alleged a third officer – a 25-year-old female constable – also came under attack.

The group was eventually subdued and five people – three men and two women aged between 23 and 31 – were arrested.

All five have since been charged with two counts each of serious assault and will appear in Brisbane Magistrates Court on Monday.