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Man throws rocks at NSW police

A man has been charged after he allegedly threw rocks at police officers after refusing to leave a venue in Lake Macquarie.

Police were called to a tavern on the Pacific Highway in Gateshead around 1am on Sunday after receiving reports of a man acting disorderly and refusing to leave.

The 26-year-old man began swearing and throwing rocks as officers approached him outside the venue, a NSW Police statement said on Sunday.

He encouraged bystanders to assault police before fleeing but he was pursued and arrested following a short struggle.

The Windale man was charged with failing to leave premises when required, resisting or hindering a police officer and affray.

He was granted conditional bail and is expected to face Belmont Local Court on July 29.

© AAP 2020