A TWEED Heads police officer claims to have been punched in the face by a teenage girl on Thursday.
The 17-year-old allegedly “lashed out” while being spoken to by the officer and his female colleague about the vandalism of a road sign at Tweed City Shopping Centre.
The girl, who was with her 16-year-old sister, is said to have punched the male offi- cer before a struggle took place in the shopping centre's car park about 7.30pm.
The female officer stepped in to help her workmate, but the 16-year-old did not get involved in the scuffle.
The incident ended with both girls being taken to the Tweed Heads police station.
Inspector Darren Steel said police had received reports the two teens had damaged the sign and were harassing customers.
“They were being spoken to by police when the 17-year-old girl lashed out and punched a male police officer in the head,” Insp Steel said.
“A struggle ensued before the young girl could be arrested.”
Both officers were treated at hospital for minor injuries.
The teenagers were taken to the police station and released without charge.
They are yet to be formally interviewed.