A police officer has been seriously assaulted at the front counter of a Hamilton police station.

A 20-year-old man entered the Hamilton Central station at about 7.55pm on Sunday, and began behaving erratically when an officer tried to help him with a query.

A scuffle followed and the officer suffered a fractured cheek, cuts and bruises, and had to be taken to hospital for treatment.

The man is in police custody and has been charged with injuring with intent, wounding with intent and burglary. He is expected to appear in court today.

Advertisement

As a result of the assault, the front counter of Hamilton Central police station will be closed to the public from 7pm every evening until 7am the following morning while a safety review is carried out.

Police staff will remain working in the station during these times.