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Police claim pub brawl assault

GABRIELLE KNOWLES, The West Australian May 24, 2010, 12:44 pm

A police officer was allegedly assaulted while helping arrest two bikies after an apparent brawl between Gypsy Jokers gang members and off-duty police at a Kalgoorlie pub early yesterday morning.

The on-duty officer fell to the ground after struggling with a 42-year-old he was trying to escort to a police van, police allege.

Police claimed the officer was attacked as he lay on the ground and he needed surgery yesterday for a broken left arm.

It is believed police were called to the Palace Hotel about 1am to break up a fight involving about eight men.

Off-duty police had been at the Hannan Street bar for an officer’s farewell party when the bikies arrived.

It is not known what sparked the disturbance.

Gypsy Jokers members Philip John Buckley, 42, of Armadale, and 31-year-old John Henry Sharp, of Kalgoorlie, were charged.

Mr Buckley was charged with assaulting a public officer and obstructing public officers as well as disorderly conduct in Kalgoorlie Police Station.

Mr Sharp has been charged with obstructing public officers.

Both will appear in the Kalgoorlie Magistrate’s Court on June 3.
Inquiries are continuing and anyone with information should call Crime Stoppers on 1800 eat me





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