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A man has been charged after allegedly assaulting police officers and a member of the public in Woodburn on Saturday night (March 2).

At about 8.55pm police were called to Bank Street, North Woodburn, after reports of a man acting suspiciously around a number of residences.

Officers approached a 39-year-old man at the intersection of Bank Street and Forrest Road, who allegedly became uncooperative.

The two senior constables, aged 52 and 38, attempted to restrain the man, before a struggle ensued, during which they tasered him.

Police handcuffed the man and attempted to place him in a caged truck, however he continued to resist and assault the officers, resulting in them using pepper spray on him.

Nearby members of the public assisted police, during which time a 52-year-old man was bitten on the finger.

The alleged perpetrator was eventually put in a caged truck and taken to Lismore Police Station.

He was charged with enter enclosed land without lawful excuse, resisting or hindering police, assaulting police, and assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

He was refused bail to appear at Lismore Bail Court on Sunday, March 3, where he was again refused bail to reappear at the same court on Monday, March 4.

The injured member of the public was taken to Lismore Base Hospital where he was treated for minor injuries to his thumb. He has since been released.

The 52-year-old senior constable was also taken to the hospital and was treated for minor injuries.

Police have thanked the public for their assistance during the incident.

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