Boy bites officer's hand in Wollongong train crime blitz

Two people were charged with drug possession and a 13-year-old boy was charged for biting a police officer during a police operation on Wollongong trains on Thursday.

Police from the Transport Command and members of the dog unit patrolled Wollongong Railway Station and transport hubs, targeting crime and anti-social behaviour. Five people were arrested.

More than 40 people were searched, including 21 after drugs were detected by the dog unit. Two people were charged with possessing cannabis.

During the operation police spoke to an unsupervised 13-year-old boy at Wollongong station and attempted to escort him from the station. He then allegedly bit an officer on the hand.

He was charged with assaulting police, resisting police, using offensive language in public, travelling without a valid ticket and using a scooter on a train.

He was granted conditional bail and will appear in Children’s Court on August 4. The officer who was bitten will undergo medical tests.

Superintendent Bernie Ryan from the Police Transport Command South West Sector said the operation was to ensure people could use public transport safely.