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Man charged after assaulting an officer at unauthorised protest - Port Stephens

Friday, 10 September 2021 10:13:30 AM

A man has been charged after assaulting an officer at an unauthorised protest in the state’s north last month.

About 9.30am Tuesday 31 August 2021, officers attached to the Port Stephens-Hunter Police District attended Port Stephens Council Chambers, Raymond Terrace, following reports of an unauthorised protest.

On arrival, police observed about 30 people in attendance and gave the group a move-on direction.

Three men allegedly failed to comply and were arrested.

Two of the men were issued Public Infringement Notices.

The other man, a 57-year-old, allegedly pushed a male inspector during his arrest. The officer was not injured.

He was taken to Raymond Terrace Police Station where he was charged with assault police, resist arrest, fail to comply with face covering directive and unlawfully participate in outdoor gathering.

The man was released on conditional bail to appear in Raymond Terrace Local Court on Monday 1 November, 2021.

Anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: 1800 333 000 or https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.