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Man charged after parking officer attacked in Mandurah CBD

File image: Front of Mandurah Central.
Photo:Tex Reeks

A Mandurah parking officer has been viciously attacked causing him serious head injuries.

About 10:30am, The City of Mandurah parking officer was assaulted after he marked a parked car’s tyre with chalk in the Smart Street Mall Woolworths car park on Wednesday, June 5.

The 58-year-old, was attacked by a man who allegedly used a key to slash the officer’s face and head.

He was taken to Peel Health Campus by St John Ambulance where he received treatment for his injuries, including seven staples to his head.

Witnesses told Skeer Media the officer was put into a headlock and repeatedly hit before a member of the public restrained the man until police arrived.

“There was blood everywhere, all over the ground and on nearby cars.” One witness said.

Police arrested and charged a Byford man with Assault of a Public Officer.

Mandurah Police acting officer in charge Senior Sergeant Anthony Nemeth said, this was an uncommon isolated incident.

“The Mandurah CBD area is closely monitored by CCTV and local police patrol the area frequently as part of their routine patrols,” he said.

“Mandurah Police work in partnership with the shire and businesses to make [the] CBD a pleasant place to visit.”

There has been frequent police horse patrols of the Smart Sreet Mall and the Mandurah CBD with police working to reduce antisocial behaviour in the area.

Senior Sergeant Anthony Nemeth said the police horses occasionally visit the area as a part of a high visibility police presence.

“It is not specifically related to any incident. It is part of Mandurah Police’s commitment to making Mandurah a safe place to visit.” He said.

The City of Mandurah wouldn’t comment on what support the parking officer was being offered as it was an ongoing police investigation.

The 59-year-old Byford man will face the Mandurah Magistrates Court on June 18.

Tex Reeks

Texas (Tex) Reeks is a video journalist and national award-winning news photographer. Reeks' dedication and commitment to local news media and telling stories has seen him build an extensive portfolio in Western Australia's news industry from a young age. Writing online stories and covering news events for Perth's mainstream media networks, Reeks, has covered and broken some of WA's biggest breaking news stories including shark attacks, police manhunts, plane crashes, major crime investigations, and major political incidents. Reek's interest and knowledge in criminology and policing results in his focus on crime and court stories.
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