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Monday, June 24, 2024

Trio broke COVID-19 rules to attend Hunter region pony club event

A man, woman and child from Sydney’s east who broke COVID-19 restrictions to travel to the Hunter region – without face masks – for a pony club event have been fined $2200.

At around 3.20pm on Saturday, officers from Hunter Valley Police District attended a pony club on Bell Street, Denman, following a Crime Stoppers report by a member of the public about three people from Sydney who were at a horse trial event.

“Police located a 56-year-old man, a 22-year-old woman and a 13-year-old girl in the carpark who were not wearing face masks,” NSW Police said in a statement.

Inquiries revealed the man and girl, from Paddington, and the woman, from Maroubra, had travelled to Denman in breach of the stay-at-home order issued for Waverley, Woollahra, Randwick and City of Sydney Local Government Areas.

The man and woman were each issued a $1000 PIN for travel from Metropolitan Sydney area to NSW outside area and a $200 infringement for failing to wear a fitted face covering. The girl was issued a warning.

In total, police issued seven $1000 PINs yesterday and a further eight $200 infringements for failing to wear a fitted face covering.

“Police continue to appeal to the community to report suspected breaches of any ministerial direction or behaviour which may impact on the health and safety of the community,” NSW Police said.

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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