20 Apr 2016

Cop assaulted by escapee prisoner

6:35 pm on 20 April 2016

A police officer has been injured in an attack by a prisoner who charged at him while escaping the Whanganui District Court cells.

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The 21-year-old man broke out into the cell block after damaging a cell door yesterday afternoon.

Police said he then rushed at a constable and assaulted him.

Officers caught the prisoner a short distance from the court and arrested him.

The injured constable was recovering at home and was expected to be back at work within a few days.