Dunedin female constable's nose broken by headbutt

A Dunedin man being arrested after a domestic dispute headbutted a female police constable and broke her nose, police said.

Police said in a statement the 43-year-old man was being led in handcuffs from the scene of the dispute in Murray St, Mosgiel, when he attacked the officer about 10.30pm last night.

The man is facing one charge each of resisting arrest, injuring with intent to injure, and common assault. 

He had been arrested for an alleged assault on a woman at the address.

The injured constable, who attended the incident with a male police officer, was treated in hospital and later discharged.

She is recovering at home today and it was not known when she would be able to return to work, Area Commander Dunedin Clutha, Inspector Greg Sparrow said.

"This incident again highlights that the daily work of police is often dangerous and we are doing our best to support the officer concerned," he said.


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