5 Aug 2021

Teen arrested after alleged assault on Work and Income staff member

4:02 pm on 5 August 2021

A frontline staffer at a Christchurch Work and Income office has been seriously injured after being attacked by a client.

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Police received a report of an assault in Sydenham around 9am last Friday, but say no weapon was involved.

An 18-year-old woman has been charged and will appear in court next week.

Public Service Association organiser Kathy Higgins described the attack as a "serious harm event" and said the union is working with the Ministry for Social Development to support the worker and their colleagues.

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