Man injured in Centrelink altercation: witness

Police will review CCTV footage after an incident at Centrelink’s Wollongong office today that left one man injured.

Police were called to the Burelli St building shortly before midday after an alleged altercation between the man and a security guard.

Police are investigating allegations a security guard was attacked inside the building and then dragged a man outside into Burelli St.

The man was checked by paramedics at the scene and no charges had been laid, police said.

Witness Louis De Clouett of Corrimal said he saw a security guard force a man to the ground.

‘‘This person on the ground had a head injury, was bleeding profusely,’’ he said.

‘‘This person was of slight build. The security guard was a very large man. The security person had his knee into the man on the ground’s head for some period of time.

‘‘This person was screaming and wanting people to help, asking for assistance and saying things like ‘somebody help me, please help me, you can see what he’s doing’.

‘‘Other people which I believe were employed from Centrelink ... were outside keeping the people back and telling people that ‘we’ve notified the police’.

‘‘There was no mention of any assistance or calling an ambulance for the man on the ground.’’

Mr De Clouett said he did not know what had happened inside the building.

Staff at Centrelink yesterday said no-one there was authorised to comment.

The Department of Human Services confirmed there was an ‘‘incident’’ but said it couldn’t comment on the details because police were investigating.

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