UPDATE | Man charged following assault on Liverpool council ranger

UPDATE

A man has been charged following an appeal for information regarding last Tuesday's assault of the Liverpool council ranger.

Just before 12.30pm on April 9, two council rangers were walking along Norfolk Serviceway when they were confronted by the occupants of a car.

Police say the passenger approached one of the rangers, a man, 35, and punched him in the face, causing him to fall down unconscious.

Witnesses intervened before the pair fled and emergency services were alerted.

The victim was taken to Liverpool hospital with serious facial injuries, where he later had surgery.

The second ranger wasn't seriously injured.

Liverpool police officers established a crime scene and began investigating the assault.

Following a public appeal, a Hinchinbrook man, 20, went to Liverpool police station about 3pm on Saturday afternoon.

He was arrested and charged with eight offences: affray, reckless and serious physical harm in company, aggravated assault with intent rob with wounding and serious physical harm, 2 x assaulting an officer, 2 x assault with intent to rob in company and not disclosing identity.

He was refused bail and was due in Parramatta bail court on Sunday.

UPDATE

Parking-officer assaults are "incredibly distressing", says KierstenFishburn, chief executive of LiverpoolCouncil.

"It's incredibly distressing to see staff members targeted while they go about their jobs. This was a violent act with devastating consequences.

"One of the parking officers who was attacked is awaiting surgery to repair a jaw broken in three places. He will need an orthopaedic surgeon, a plastic surgeon and a dental specialist to heal.

"Both officers required treatment in hospital.

"Everyone deserves to feel safe in their workplace.

"We've done a lot of work around employee safety and we'll continue to do so. Our parking officers always travel in pairs and have ready access to duress alarms.

"The targeting of parking officers is an industry-wide issue. I've been actively engaged with the United Services Union which is very concerned about the safety of its members.

"They say this is happening all over Sydney. I'll be working with them and other collaborative stakeholders to improve their safety."

ORIGINAL STORY

Detectives are appealing for your help after the serious assault of a Liverpool council ranger earlier this week.

Just before 12.30pm on Tuesday, April 9, two council rangers were walking along Norfolk Serviceway when they were confronted by two occupants of a white Subaru WRX Impreza.

It's alleged the passenger approached one of the rangers, a man, 35, and punched his face, knocking him out and causing him to fall.

Witnesses intervened before the pair fled and emergency services were alerted.

The ranger was taken to Liverpool hospital with serious facial injuries and is due to have surgery today.

The second ranger wasn't injured.

Liverpool police officers established a crime scene and began investigating the assault.

Inquiries continue and detectives have released images of a man they believe can help with inquiries.

The man in the images is described as being of Middle Eastern or Mediterranean appearance, with short black hair and wearing a black Nike long-sleeved top.

Police have also released an image of the car the men were in at the time. The registration plate was found to be fraudulent.

KierstenFishburn, chief executive of Liverpool council, is due to address media this morning, along with Detective Inspector DeanJohnstone, Liverpool crime manager.

  • Any information about this to CrimeStoppers,1800 333 000. Information treated in strict confidence. You're reminded not to report crime via police social-media pages.

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