Matthew Backhouse

Matthew Backhouse is an APNZ news reporter based in Wellington.

Police officer gashed trying to stop brawl

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A police officer suffered a gash to the head from a flying bottle after police tried to break up a brawl in Auckland early this morning.

Police were called to Taurima Ave in Pt England after a large group of drunken people spilled onto the street from a party about 5am.

When the police patrol arrived, a group who had been fighting in the street turned on them and attacked. One officer was hit by a flying bottle.

Police called in reinforcements to help clear the street.

They arrested five people for a range of disorder offences, but were unable to identify the people who had thrown the bottles.

The injured officer received medical treatment for a gash to the head.

- APNZ

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