Wednesday, May 29, 2024

More public health rule-breakers caught

A woman has been charged, another issued a $1000 Penalty Infringement Notice, and further legal action is expected, after several breaches of Public Health Orders were detected by NSW Police across the state in the past 24 hours.

NSW Police has released the following details of the alleged breaches:

– About 11pm last night (Friday 24 July 2020), police from Monaro Police District were called to Lake Jindabyne, following reports of a loud party. Officers attended an area of bushland about 2km from the township, where they saw a large bonfire, lighting, and amplified music set up, with approximately 150-200 people gathered for a dance party. Upon seeing police, the majority of attendees ran into bushland. Details were taken from those left behind and the party was shut down, with further action likely under the Public Health Orders. Inquiries are continuing.

– A woman will appear in court today charged after failing to self-isolate as per her obligations under the Public Health Act (COVID19 Border Control), after being stopped by police at a western Sydney train station. Just after 4pm yesterday, officers from the Police Transport Command stopped and spoke to a 22-year-old woman at Mount Druitt Railway Station. Checks revealed, the woman was stopped at a border checkpoint at Barooga about 4am on Wednesday (22 July 2020) and refused entry, as she did not have a valid permit to enter the state. Later that day, she applied for and was granted a permit listing a Dubbo address. As per requirements under current Public Health Orders, the woman was required to self-isolate at the address for a period of 14 days, ending Wednesday 5 August 2020. The woman allegedly informed officers she had caught a train from Dubbo to Penrith on Thursday (23 July 2020), and visited a nearby shopping mall prior to being stopped at Mount Druitt. The woman was arrested for failing to comply with self-isolating restrictions and taken to Mount Druitt Police Station. She was charged with not comply with noticed direction re s 7/8/9 – COVID-19 and has been refused bail to appear at Parramatta Bail Court today (Saturday 25 July 2020).

– Just before 9pm yesterday, police attended a home in Chisholm Road, Auburn, after receiving several noise complaints. Upon arrival, police saw approximately 75-100 people gathered out the front of a party – many of whom left when they saw the officers. A 39-year-old man was spoken to who allegedly told officers he was hosting a pre-wedding function. The party ceased, with penalties under the Public Health Orders anticipated. 

– About 10.30pm, officers from Blacktown Police Area Command received information a large gathering was underway at a home in Earle Street, Doonside. Police attended and saw marquee tents set up in the front yard of a home, with approximately 50 people present for a wake. Officers spoke with a 44-year-old woman and have subsequently issued her with a $1000 Penalty Infringement Notice for Fail to Comply Requirement Public Health Order – COVID-19.

Anyone who has information regarding individuals or businesses in contravention of a COVID-19-related ministerial direction is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.

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