Firearms charge after COVID breach at Hawkesbury

A man has been charged with possession of an unauthorised pistol while also breaching health orders in the Hawkesbury region.

At 4.20pm yesterday (Saturday 31 July 2021), officers attached to the Rural Crime Prevention Team where patrolling Londonderry as part of Operation Farmgate when they observed two men riding quad bikes.

After speaking with the men, police established they both resided in the Blacktown LGA and were in breach of the current Public Health Orders.

Following further inquiries, police searched a white Toyota Hilux and located a black Glock-17 gel blaster air pistol allegedly inside a bag on the front seat.

One of the men, aged 25, was arrested and taken to Windsor Police Station where he was charged with possess unauthorised pistol, possess unregistered firearm-pistol, and not comply with noticed direction re s 7/8/9 – COVID-19.

The Kellyville Ridge man was refused bail to appear in Parramatta Local Court today (Sunday 1 August 2021).

The second man, a 22-year-old from South Granville, was issued a $1,000 PIN.

Investigations under Operation Farmgate continue.

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.

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