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Police syringe scare

Monday, 29th October, 2018

By Michael Murphy

Police allege a woman pulled a syringe from her bra and threatened them with it while they tried to arrest her on Saturday afternoon.

Two officers were called to a McGowan Street home about 5.15pm after concerns were raised about a teenager’s welfare.

Police allege a woman, 33, became aggressive at the scene and spat in the face of a female constable before biting her on the leg.

Police allege the woman pulled a syringe from her bra, uncapped it and threatened the female officer and another male constable.

Police said officers were able to disarm the woman and restrain her.

No officers were stabbed with the needle, and the woman’s teeth did not pierce the officer’s skin, police said.

A 15-year-old girl at the home was also arrested.

Police allege she poured a drink over the officers and threw a bottle at the female constable’s head.

Police also allege the teenager then spat in the face of the female officer and a male paramedic.

The woman and teenager were taken to Broken Hill Police Station, where the girl was charged with two counts of assaulting an officer, assaulting a person aiding an officer, and resisting an officer. 

She will appear at a children’s court on Tuesday.

The woman was taken to Broken Hill Base Hospital, where she was treated for unrelated injuries.

She was taken back to the station where she was refused bail and charged with five counts of assaulting police, assaulting police causing actual bodily harm, two counts of resisting arrest, using an offensive weapon to prevent arrest and breaching bail.

One of her bail conditions included staying away from the McGowan Street house.

The woman appeared before the Broken Hill Bail Court yesterday and was remanded in custody until another court appearance today.

The police officers were treated at the scene by paramedics for their injuries.

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