Police officer is kicked by a teenager in Melbourne

Shocking moment a police officer is kicked in the head by a teenager while making an arrest on Boxing Day

CCTV footage has been released showing a youth kicking a police officer in the face during a chaotic arrest at a shopping centre.

An officer was crouching on the ground while attempting to arrest a 16-year-old boy for alleged shoplifting at Highpoint Shopping Centre on Tuesday afternoon when another boy ran up and kicked him in the face.

The scuffle, which was captured on CCTV, unfolded in front of shocked Boxing Day shoppers before the assailant ran from the centre into the car park.

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The teen who assaulted the officer was then captured on video again, hiding from police behind a parked car before he fled.

He is yet to be found.

The senior constable sustained non-life threatening injuries and was taken to hospital.

‘It could have been a lot worse and I‘m pleased to report he‘s returned to work today,‘ Superintendent Therese Fitzgerald told reporters on Wednesday.

‘He‘s got bruising to his eye but is in very good spirits.‘

A 16-year-old Flemington boy was arrested over the alleged theft but has been released pending further inquiries.

Police are wanting to speak to a teen who is described as African in appearance and was wearing a white top and black bandana and may be able to assist with enquiries.

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