Werribee woman charged after protest

Police would like to speak to this man after several police horses were hit in the face with a flagpole, at the protest. Photo: Supplied/Victoria Police 219752_01

By Alesha Capone

A Werribee woman has been charged with animal cruelty, following last Friday’s protest in Melbourne’s CBD.

Investigators executed a number of search warrants and arrested a 29-year-old woman on the weekend, after she allegedly kicked a police horse.

The Werribee woman has been charged with animal cruelty and bailed to appear at Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on March 23.

Detectives have also charged a 24-year-old man after a police car side mirror was allegedly smashed.

The Bentleigh man has been charged with criminal damage, hinder police, intimidate a police officer and possess cannabis.

He was bailed to appear in Melbourne Magistrates’ Court on 23 March.

Detectives are still investigating several other incidents that occurred at the protest and have released images of the people they believe can assist with their enquiries.

In a statement, Victoria Police said they “will continue to conduct proactive patrols and anyone who deliberately and blatantly breaches the Chief Health Officer’s (CHO) directions can expect a swift and strong police response”.

Anyone with information or footage is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or submit a confidential report online at www.crimestoppersvic.com.au