A teenager has been arrested and an investigation is underway after a police officer was assaulted in Sydney’s Northern Beaches overnight.
About 11pm (Friday 12 June 2020), officers from Northern Beaches Police Area Command were called to a fast-food restaurant on the corner of Warriewood Road and Pittwater Road, Warriewood, after reports a large group of teenagers were causing a disturbance inside.
Police attended and moved the crowd on from inside the restaurant, with the teenagers beginning to gathering outside.
As officers continued their efforts to disperse the crowd outside, a male chief inspector was ushering a group of five teenagers away from the location when he was physically set-upon by them, causing him to fall to the ground.
One of the teenagers stole the officer’s phone – which had dropped from his pocket – before the group fled the scene on foot.
A perimeter was established, and a search of the area commenced, with assistance from neighbouring command’s including North Shore, Kings Cross and Sydney City, as well as the Dog Unit and Traffic and Highway Patrol Command.
Following inquiries, a 17-year-old male was arrested following a foot pursuit on Walsh Street, North Narrabeen, just after 1am (Saturday 13 June 2020), and taken to Manly Police Station.
The chief inspector sustained minor injuries and a constable involved in the foot pursuit sustained head and knee injuries and was taken to hospital for treatment.
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.