NRL star arrested over police assaults

Canberra Raiders player Tom Starling has been referred to the NRL’s integrity unit following alleged assaults on police during a Central Coast brawl.

He is one of four men arrested and charged over an altercation at a Kincumber licensed restaurant on Saturday night.

The Raiders issued a statement on Sunday morning saying the club was “aware of an incident involving Tom Starling overnight”.

“The club has informed the NRL integrity unit. The club will not be making further comment,” the statement read.

The 22-year-old hooker made his NRL debut with the Newcastle Knights before joining the Raiders in 2019.

Tom Starling, a rising Canberra Raiders star, has been referred to the NRL’s integrity unit following an incident overnight. Picture: Alix Sweeney.Source:News Corp Australia

NSW Police said in a statement officers were called to a restaurant at Kincumber at 10.45pm on Saturday night after security called for backup when a patron failed to leave the venue.

By the time police had arrived, the patron had left, so officers conducted a “business inspection”.

While inside, police assisted security who became involved in an altercation with another patron, who had allegedly failed to leave the premises.

The 19-year-old was arrested, police said.

Police allege that as the 19-year-old was being escorted from the venue three other men – aged 20, 22 and 24 – “became aggressive” and assaulted police “numerous times” in an attempt to intervene.

A senior constable suffered a hand injury and was treated by paramedics at the scene, police said.

All four men were arrested and taken to Gosford Police Station.

Each is facing charges of assaulting a police officer in the execution of duty, resisting or hindering a police officer, and affray.

The 19-year-old was also charged with failing to leave premises when required and common assault.

All four men were granted conditional bail to appear at Gosford Local Court on January 21.

Originally published asNRL star charged with police assaults

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