Six Sydneysiders were issued Penalty Infringement Notices (PINs) following reports of a social gathering over the Easter long-weekend.
On Monday afternoon, officers from Sydney City Police Area Command were called to a unit complex in Distillery Drive, Pyrmont, where they found a group of people at the property holding an Easter party.
This comes after Prime Minister Scott Morrison and State Premiers issued nationwide warnings to stay home this Easter to prevent the spread of Coronavirus.
Police have charged three people and issued 52 PINs for COVID-19 related offences this week.
Just after 2pm yesterday, officers from Inner West Police Area Command arrested a 45-year-old man on Enmore Road in Newtown.
The 45-year-old was known to police and had previously been issued with two formal warnings and one $1000 PIN for failing to comply with ministerial direction.
He was refused bail and appeared at Central Local Court today.
Another man was arrested on Monday after failing to comply with direction from health officials at the Royal Prince Alfred Hospital where he was tested for COVID-19.
The 52-year-old was advised to self-isolate for 48-hours while he awaited test results.
About 1.30pm the next day, officers attached to Eastern Beaches Police Area Command attended the man’s residence “on a proactive compliance check, where they allegedly witnessed him walk out of his home,” NSW Police said in a statement.
“When police asked him why he wasn’t self-isolating as directed, the man allegedly told officers he didn’t care, and he could leave his house whenever he wanted to.”
The man was arrested and taken to Maroubra Police Station where he was refused bail and was required to appear at Central Local Court today.
A man from the regional township of Bourke, in northwest NSW, was also arrested following three warnings and one $1000 PIN.
At 6:45pm on Monday night, Officers from Central North Police District saw a man walking through the town and he allegedly told them he was locked out and was attempting to find his keys.
A short time later, he was spotted nearby.
The man was issued with a Field Court Attendance Notice for not comply with noticed direction and is due to appear at Bourke Local Court on 11 June 2020.
“When he was questioned, police will allege he said he was helping his friend who was locked out to find his keys, in contradiction to his earlier statement,” NSW Police said.
Eight people were issued PINs after they allegedly conducted burnouts in Cobar last week. Officers found two unregistered Commodores with blown rear tyres, as well as a ute and a 4WD.
A 19-year old man from Yamba was issued with a $1000 PIN following reports of a group of youths in a vehicle creating a disturbance.
A 22-year-old woman and a 37-year-old man both from Cobar were issued with PINs for breaching a Public Health Order after they were stopped for an RBT on Lerida Road, Cobar. The male driver tested negative, but neither was able to provide a reasonable excuse for travelling.
A 26-year-old man was issued a formal warning for failing to comply with a public health order after he was stopped by police on Sadleir Avenue at Heckenberg, where he told officers he was going to see a friend for relationship advice. About 10 minutes later, police stopped the man again after he failed to comply and issued him with a $1000 PIN.
Officers from Newcastle City Police District spoke with a 24-year-old man at Broadmeadow Railway Station who said he was out as he was sick of being at home. He was issued with a $1000 PIN.
An 18-year old was issued a formal warning after reports of youth loitering in Belrose. Further inquiries revealed he had been given warnings on two other occasions, and officers subsequently issued him with a $1000 PIN.
A 53-year-old man from Tharbogan and a 23-year-old man from Yoogali were issued with $1000 PINs after they were found at truck stop on the Mitchell Highway and had been spoken to by police twice previously.
Two men were issued with PINs and four were warned after a group gathered on Clugoa Street, Bourke. Most of the group dispersed when police arrived; however, two men, aged 18 and 26 were identified as having been warning previously and were issued with fines.
A 28-year-old Victorian man was issued with a $1000 PIN after his campervan was stopped on Head Street, Forster.
A 64-year-old Woollahra man was issued with a $1000 PIN after he allegedly breached the Public Health Order when he was found on Boomerang Beach, 20km south of Forster.
A 20-year-old Parramatta man was issued with a $1000 PIN after he was found drinking wine while sitting in a camping chair in a commuter carpark at North Parade, Mt Druitt.
Officers stopped a Toyota van travelling on Kennedy Drive at Tweed Heads. The 42-year-old man, who told them he was going to visit a friend nearby, was issued infringement notices for driving an unregistered vehicle, not updating his licence details, no functioning break lights, and for not complying with noticed direction.
A 39-year-old Randwick man was found walking around Bunnerong Road at La Perouse in an intoxicated state and could not provide a reasonable excuse as to why he was not home. He was issued a $1000 PIN.
A 29-year-old man was issued a PIN after stopped by officers on Maroubra Road, near Mons Avenue, at Maroubra where he told police he was driving to Wollongong for a visit.
A 30-year-old Albury man was issued a PIN as he could not provide a reasonable excuse as to why he was not at home.
A 17-year-old driver was issued with Traffic Infringement Notices for Learner Not Display L Plates as prescribed, Learner Not Accompanied by Licensed Driver, Class A Motor Vehicle exceed Speed Limit – Over 20 km/h. The driver and his passenger were also issued $1000 PINs in relation to the Public Health Act.
The two men, aged 40 and 47, were issued PINs while driving on Parkway Avenue, Raymond Terrace, without a reasonable excuse for travel.
A 31-year-old man was issued a $1000 PIN while driving on Kingston parade, Heatherbrae, when they stopped a 31-year-old male who was not able to provide police with a reasonable excuse for his travel.
A 30-year-old man was issued with a $1000 PIN in Ballina for not complying with direction to return to his hometown Maclean. The man was not able to come up with a valid excuse for being in the area, informing police that he simply preferred the location.
An 18-year-old man was issued a warning for sitting his car at Glenwood Reserve, Blacktown, without a valid reason. About 12.30am police returned to the location and found the man had not moved. He was issued with $1000 PIN.
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.
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