An off-duty officer was struck by a bottle during a violent brawl while he was trying to evict the unruly patrons.
An off-duty officer was struck by a bottle during a violent brawl while he was trying to evict the unruly patrons.

Officer glassed as 50 crash party

AN off-duty Rockhampton police officer was hit on the head with a bottle while trying to evict up to 50 gatecrashers from a private New Year’s Eve party at Allenstown.

Senior Constable Fleming was helping move unwanted party-goers from a private party on Brae-Ross Street about 10pm on Thursday, with the assistance of another man.

One of the rowdy gatecrashers struck Senior Constable Fleming in the head with a glass bottle, causing a deep cut.

He was punched in the head several times.

The second man was also attacked by three males and punched several times in the head, causing bruising and cuts.

Senior Constable Fleming’s wife Julie yesterday said her husband was resting after spending all night at the hospital.

One woman who lives in Brae-Ross Street said the gatecrashers terrorised the neighbourhood for 10 minutes before police arrived.

She said she locked herself inside, frightened of the “riotous” crowd.

Yesterday no one had been charged over the incident. Police are appealing for anyone who was at the party or has information about the attack to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

Between 4am and 6.30am yesterday, a 49-year-old woman was attacked in her Wandal Home by an unknown intruder.

She was home alone and asleep when the intruder broke in and physically assaulted her.

She was treated at Rockhampton Hospital for facial injuries.

About 3.45am in Mount Morgan a man, 38, was riding his bike in East Street when he was confronted by a group of people. Three of them then attacked the rider.

Friends took the injured man to Mt Morgan Hospital. He was taken to Rockhampton Hospital with a suspected broken jaw and other injuries. They are not believed life-threatening.

Officer-in-charge of Rockhampton station Senior Sergeant Mel Adams said New Year’s revellers across the city were generally well-behaved.

Senior Sergeant Adams said it was “pretty quiet in town”.

She praised licensees in the CBD for doing a good job in identifying troublemakers early and getting them out.

Scuffles were reported about 3am, but police soon had the situation under control.

Police and an organiser said the Gangster and Glamour Ball was a huge success.



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