Further charges after Sydney CBD protest – Strike Force Seasoned

A man has appeared in court today charged as part on ongoing inquiries by Strike Force Seasoned.

Strike Force Seasoned was established by the Central Metropolitan Region in response to an unauthorised protest in Sydney’s CBD on Saturday 24 July 2021.

Investigations commenced after a senior journalist, covering the protest, was allegedly assaulted and had his mobile phone stolen at Victoria Park, Broadway.

Following inquiries, strike force investigators arrested a 54-year-old man at a home on Brighton Street, Petersham, just before 7pm yesterday (Monday 26 July 2021).

A search warrant was executed at the home with officers seizing relevant clothing, a mobile phone, and cannabis.

The man was taken to Newtown Police Station and charged with affray, two counts of common assault, possess prohibited drug, steal from person and not comply with noticed direction re s 7/8/9 – COVID-19

He was refused bail to appear at Newtown Local Court today (Tuesday 27 July 2021), where he was formally refused bail to reappear at the same court on Tuesday 17 August 2021.

Investigators are following up every report, with 58 people charged and 135 PINS have been issued.

Anyone with information or vision of the weekend’s protest activity is urged to contact Crime Stoppers through the online portal or by contacting 1800 333 000. Every single report will be investigated.

Police continue to appeal to the community to report suspected breaches of any public health order or behaviour which may impact on the health and safety of the community by contacting Crime Stoppers: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.

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