Street feud - police attacked
MEMBERS of a riotous group attacked and injured police officers after a neighbourhood dispute turned ugly and spilled onto a North Rockhampton street on Wednesday night.
It was the second time in less than 24 hours police were called to a disturbance involving the same Webber Avenue households ? and the third in as many days.
Seven people have been charged over the fracas.
Rockhampton City Inspector Graham Coleman said police crews from North and South Rockhampton arrived about 11pm, after receiving a series of noise complaints, to find between 10 and 15 people fighting.
A 17-year-old woman allegedly attempted to punch and kick a male police constable, who sustained a blow to the head.
He also injured a shoulder and had scratches to his face, neck and chest.
A female constable sustained an elbow injury after being allegedly attacked by a 17-year-old man. Both were charged with assaulting police. Five others were charged with public nuisance.
Police could not confirm the cause of the incident.
Rockhampton Superintendent Darryl Cameron said this type of violence would not be tolerated.
Nor were attacks on his officers acceptable.
"Police are not punching bags,'' he said.
"They're out there to ensure safety to the community and I'm sure the community doesn't expect them to be treated like punching bags.''
The "Stop the Violence'' crackdown continues this weekend with Operation Hazel, a police blitz on drunken behaviour and assaults, returning to the Rockhampton CBD.