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A 30-year-old man will face Hobart Magistrates Court on Wednesday morning on multiple charges,  including aggravated assault and drug offences, after Monday night's drama in Greater Hobart.

Police attended Sattler Street at Gagebrook after a woman from another address was hospitalised with head injuries. 

Two officers were allegedly bitten and a policewoman was kicked in the head before pepper spray was deployed to subdue the attacker.

A 29-year-old woman has also been charged with assaulting and obstructing police.

The Police Association says the bitten officers will now have to undergo hepatitis and HIV testing.


Three police officers have been assaulted during the arrest of a man in Hobart's north on Monday night.

Police found a woman with head injuries at a house on Allan Place in Bridgewater just after 11pm following reports of a disturbance.

Shortly after, a 30-year-old man was arrested at another house on Sattler Street in Gagebrook, but allegedly bit and kicked officers during the arrest, forcing police to use pepper spray.

The male is expected to be charged with assaulting both police and the woman.

Another 29-year-old female was arrested for obstructing police and will face court at a later date.

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"No member of the community should have to suffer violence and a man remains in custody while investigations continue," said Senior Sergeant Phil Curtis from Bridgewater Police Station.

“Police at the address were dealing with a very unpredictable situation."

“While there is risk associated with every incident police attend, violence is not acceptable. The officers were not seriously injured but will require follow-up medical assessments,” he said.

The Police Association of Tasmania has condemned the overnight assaults.

“The alleged assaults committed on our members last night are both abhorrent and reprehensible acts upon those who choose to protect the community,” Police Association of Tasmania President Colin Riley said.

“To have members bitten and kicked to the head demonstrates the risks faced by our members every time they go to work."

“This type of assault can lead to both long-lasting physical injuries and debilitating effects on our members mental health."

Mr Riley said the officers will now undergo testing for infectious diseases such as hepatitis and HIV.

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