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Maskless woman, 25, ‘attacks two police officers after refusing to tell them her name’

A maskless woman allegedly assaulted two police officers after refusing to give them her details. 

Victoria Police said the woman, 25, was walking along Yarra Street in Geelong, southwest of Melbourne, without a face covering on Monday afternoon.   

She allegedly refused to tell the constable and sergeant her name and became aggressive when they attempted to arrest her around 3.30pm.      

‘Police have arrested and charged a woman in Geelong after she allegedly assaulted two police officers and breached the directions of the Chief Health Officer.

‘The officers made multiple attempts to confirm her identity and the woman allegedly refused to provide her details,’ a police spokesman explained. 

The spokesman said the 25-year-old ‘became aggressive and assaulted them’ when ‘the officers then attempted to arrest her’.   

The constable and sergeant both required treatment after receiving minor injuries to their arms and hands.  

The 24-year-old was charged with assault police, resist police, fail to provide address and fined $200 for failing to wear a face covering.

She was bailed and is set to appear at Geelong Magistrates’ Court on August 10. 

A 36-year-old West Melbourne man was arrested in Geelong on Tuesday after failing to wear a mask and allegedly threatening to injure the officers. 

A 38-year old woman also allegedly bashed an officer’s head into the concrete at a Frankston shopping centre after refusing to wear a mask.

The 26-year-old Constable and her partner approached a woman about 5pm Monday near the Bayside shopping centre before the alleged scuffle. 

The woman was taken to a police station, charged with assaulting police, recklessly causing injury, two counts of assaulting an emergency worker, two counts of resisting an emergency worker on duty and refusing to state her name and address. 

It is mandatory to wear a face covering when outdoors in Victoria and anyone caught flouting the rule faces a $200 on-the-spot fine.  

Victoria Police have issued a total of 176 fines for health breaches across the state in the last 24-hours.  

51 Victorians were fined for failing to wear a face covering and 55 Melburnians were penalised for breaching curfew.   

Melbourne is currently in its first week of a strict stage four lockdown where residents must remain at home between 8pm and 5am. 

Non-essential businesses have been closed and residents are only permitted to leave home for essential reasons such as exercise and shopping for supplies. 

Melburnians allowed to work on-site now have to show a permit or official work ID or face fines of up to $99,123 for businesses and up to $19,826 for individuals. 

Victoria reported 471 new COVID-19 cases and eight deaths on Thursday after a record 725 cases and 15 deaths on Wednesday.  

The state is currently battling against 7449 active cases with 575 Victorians in hospital and 42 of those in intensive care. 

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