An investigation is underway after two people were coughed on by an unknown man in the state’s Hunter Region.
A 73-year-old man and a 68-year-old woman were walking along Victoria Parade, Nelson Bay, and as they approached the pedestrian crossing, a white Nissan Navara slowed and pulled up beside them.
He and the other occupants in the vehicle started laughing before the vehicle drove off.
The incident took place just before 2pm on Sunday, April 12,
Police are appealing for information from the community to locate the vehicle and identify the occupants at the time of the incident.
Investigators are looking for a man who they believe may be able to assist with their inquiries described as being of Caucasian appearance with tanned skin, aged in his late teens or early 20s, with short, dark, curly hair. He was last seen wearing a red and dark-coloured checkered top.
“Inquiries were made last night but it is clear if you were in this vehicle, if you’re the owner of the car, it is a local vehicle, we know where the car is registered to. You would be best to get yourself down to the police station and sort this matter out,” NSW Deputy Commissioner Gary Warboys said in a press conference today.
Police are also investigating another “coughing and spitting incident” that occurred in the Blue Mountains over the weekend however Commissioner Warboys has described the incident as “a mental health episode”.
The Easter weekend spike in COVID-19 related fines and offences
“Over the long weekend we saw a significant increase in tickets for non-isolation, over 155,” NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller said.
“I don’t expect that those numbers will continue but it is an example that some people are just not listening to the warnings.”
In addition, 58 infringement notices have been issued in the last 24 hours including a number of major fines for breaking social gathering guidelines.
Following reports of noise complaints from hotel staff in Parramatta on Saturday, police found six people inside an apartment, who allegedly told officers they were there to drink alcohol. Four people – including two men, aged 32 and 37, and two women, aged 25 and 29 and each were issued $1000 fines.
On Sunday, police attended a home in Wolli Creek where a 31-year-old woman, claimed she was “having a party with friends.” Four people, aged in their 20s and 30s were all issued $1000 fines.
A number of drivers who were stopped by police in several locations around the state were also issued the maximum penalty fines after admitting they were on their way to visiting friends and family for Easter.
Police are urging anyone with information regarding the incident in the Hunter Valley, including dash cam from the area around the time of the incident, to contact Nelson Bay police as soon as possible.
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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