A police officer was helped by two members of the public after being attacked by two men in Hamilton today.

Police were called to Grey Street by people worried about a group of about 20 people loitering near a shop about 8.30am, Hamilton City Area Commander Inspector Greg Nicholls said.

"Just after 9.30am one member of this group approached a police constable and attempted to start a fight with him. He went away without incident, but returned a few minutes later and tried again, at which time he was arrested," Mr Nicholls said.

Another person ran to help the man and jumped on the officer's back but two people ran to the officer's aid.


Police back-up arrived shortly after and two men were taken into custody.

Mr Nicholls said he was impressed that two members of the public jumped in to help the officer.

"It is extremely pleasing to see members of the public who will help police staff when they need assistance."

It was the second time in just a week, after members of the public came to the aid of an officer was chasing an offender through Hamilton after intervening in a domestic incident on Thursday.

Two men, aged 19 and 23, will appear in Hamilton District Court today charged with offences including resisting arrest and assaulting police.