Horror as man ‘tries to DROWN’ policeman just five miles from the I’m A Celebrity jungle camp
- Ronald Charles Canning, 33, was charged after he allegedly tried to drown a cop
- Police claim Sergeant Mark Maxwell chased him down in New South Wales
- They ended up at a creek where it’s alleged Canning forced his head under water
- A bystander watching the scuffle intervened and managed to stop Canning
I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! staff were horrified after a man allegedly tried to drown a policeman five miles away from the show’s campsite.
Sergeant Maxwell was taken to Murwillumbah Hospital, New South Wales with water in his lungs after Ronald Charles Canning reportedly forced and held the officer underwater.
The policeman – who has now been released from hospital – was on duty five miles away from the jungle where each of the 12 contestants will be living during the show.
‘Security is incredibly tight but it puts everyone on alert when they hear wanted criminals are on the loose just a stone’s throw from the camp,’ a source told the Sun.
‘The crew work around the clock to ensure that the camp is safe from trespassers.’
I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! staff were horrified after a man tried to drown a policeman five miles away from the show’s campsite (Pictured: Presenters Ant and Dec)
Sergeant Maxwell was taken to Murwillumbah Hospital, New South Wales with water in his lungs after Ronald Charles Canning reportedly forced and held the officer underwater (pictured: the contestants for I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! 2022)
They added: ‘Luckily the celebrities have not moved in yet but it goes to show that the high level of security is certainly justified.’
Sergeant Mark Maxwell, who is from Tweed-Byron Police District, was patrolling a road in Murwillumbah in Northern NSW when he came across an injured man and woman around 4:45pm on Monday.
After checking on the woman, the officer realised there was an outstanding warrant for the man, Ronald Charles Canning, 33.
Police claim Ronald Charles Canning, 33, tried to drown sergeant Mark Maxwell at a creek in Murwillumbah in Northern NSW on Monday before a bystander stopped him (stock image)
Sergeant Maxwell returned to arrest the Queensland man who then ran away, according to police.
The officer chased Canning down to a nearby creek where a struggle ensued between the two men.
Police allege Canning forced the sergeant’s head under water, in an attempt to drown him.
A bystander who saw the scuffle unfold managed to step in and stop Canning.
‘A member of the public intervened, freeing the officer and assisted to restrain the man, before the officer was able to affect the arrest,’ police alleged in a statement.
Canning fronted Tweed Heads Local Court (pictured) on Tuesday charged with attempted murder
Canning was arrested and charged with attempted murder and will face Tweed Heads Local Court on Tuesday.
Police said they will review the actions of the bystander who helped Sergeant Maxwell, ‘with a view to make recommendations to formally acknowledge his assistance’.
The shocking news comes as the full lineup for I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! 2022 was unveiled.
Leading names which are set to appear on the show – which is set to start on Sunday – include former Health Secretary Matt Hancock, rugby star Mike Tindall, 80s hitmaker Boy George, Love Island star Olivia Attwood and DJ Chris Moyles.
The MP, who quit as Health Secretary after cheating on his wife during the pandemic with long-term aide Gina Coladangelo, will become the 12th celebrity heading Down Under.
This year I’m A Celebrity will make a much-anticipated return to Australia after beng forced to relocate to Wales for two years due to the Covid pandemic.
And once again Ant McPartlin and Declan Donnelly will be hosting the series, having already been spotted arriving on the Gold Coast to start filming.