VIOLENT ARREST: Extra police from Armidale were called to back up officers during the operation in Glen Innes. Photo: Craig ThomsonA MAN has been refused bail, charged with kicking a police officer in the face during a violent arrest in Glen Innes.
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Richard William Fields will remain in custody in Tamworth Correctional Centre on six charges following a police operation earlier this week.

The 33-year-old is accused of threatening police who were investigating an alleged breach of an apprehended violence order in Glen Innes on Tuesday night.

Extra police, including officers from the Dog Squad, highway patrol and detectives, were deployed to Glen Innes on Wednesday to back up general-uties police who moved into arrest Fields in West Ave.

Police allege Fields was armed with a lump of wood when he walked out into the front yard of a home and then allegedly kicked the officer and resisted police, but was eventually subdued and taken to Glen Innes Police Station.

“There was a struggle when he was arrested and he allegedly assaulted a male officer in the face,” New England Inspector Chris McKinnon said.

“The officer suffered lacerations and bruising to his face, and was taken to Glen Innes hospital and later released.”

Following a Telstra outage in Glen Innes, which saw a loss of phone and internet communications, Fields was transported to Armidale Police Station and questioned.

He was charged with breaching an AVO, intimidating police, ass- aulting police causing actual bodily harm, two counts of resisting arrest and being armed with intent.

He appeared in Armidale Local Court on Thursday, but the bail determination was ad- journed following outbursts from the accused and members of the public in the courtroom.

On Friday, Fields appeared via video link from Tamworth prison in court, where he was denied bail by Magistrate Michael Holmes, who found the 33-year-old was an unacceptable risk of committing further serious offences and endangering the safety of victims, individuals and the community.

Fields pleaded not guilty to all six charges and was remanded in custody to reappear in court later this month.

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