Man ‘punched AFP officer at Perth Airport’

The Australian Federal Police have arrested a man following a tip-off.  Picture: Getty Images
The Australian Federal Police have arrested a man following a tip-off. Picture: Getty Images

A MAN who allegedly assaulted an Australian Federal Police officer at Perth Airport is due to face court today.

The 25-year-old Alkimos man is accused of punching the officer in the head after he was asked to remove his hat to assist with identity verification, but refused.

AFP officers at Perth Airport were called to assist with the matter and spoke to the man before he allegedly punched the officer.

The man was subdued and taken into custody where he was charged with causing harm to a Commonwealth official.

The officer received hospital treatment for a cut on his chin and was later discharged.

AFP Acting Airport Police Commander John Connoley said that there was no place for unruly and violent behavior towards police and other people working at the airport.

“This type of abhorrent behavior will never be tolerated and we will pursue individuals who do so to the full extent of the law,” he said.

“AFP and ABF members are among many people and agencies working to ensure the community can use the airport safely.

“As police, we struggle to comprehend situations where people actively try to prevent, and even harm, people doing their job to benefit the travelling public.”