A Lismore man has been charged with a slew of assault offences after allegedly attacking a security guard, police officers and bystanders after he was asked to wear a mask at a NSW shopping centre.
Police said a security guard stopped the 47-year-old when he walked into the Lismore Central Shopping Centre about 12.40pm on Thursday.
When the guard offered the shopper a mask, the man allegedly punched him in the face and head several times.
A police spokeswoman said more than five members of the public stepped in to help, several of whom were allegedly punched in the face and chest, leaving one man with neck and face bruising.
When police showed up, the man allegedly kicked a male senior constable in the face, chest and hands and continued to kick at police even after being capsicum sprayed.
After being arrested and taken to Lismore police station, he allegedly bit a different male senior constable several times on the hand and wrist.
The officer was taken to the Lismore Base Hospital in a stable condition and the man was charged with a range of assault offences including affray, common assault, assault occasioning actual bodily harm and several related to assaulting or resisting police.
He was also handed a $1000 penalty infringement notice for allegedly failing to comply with a COVID-19 direction and refused bail to appear at Lismore Bail Court on Friday.