Further six charged after protests across NSW

A further six people have been charged following yesterday’s unauthorised protest activity in Sydney and Byron Bay.

High-visibility policing operations were launched in response to protests yesterday (Saturday 5 September 2020), to ensure the safety of participants, as well as the community and local businesses.

At Sydney Olympic Park, general duties from Auburn Police Area Command, assisted by specialist resources, were deployed the ensure peaceful and lawful demonstrations.

Two men – aged 45 and 34 – were arrested at a park at Sydney Olympic Park, Homebush.

The older man was charged with assault officer in execution of duty assault officer in execution of duty, resist officer in execution of duty and not comply with noticed direction.

The younger man was charged with fail to comply with direction and not comply with noticed direction.

They were both granted conditional bail to appear at Burwood Local Court on Thursday 24 September 2020.

In Byron Bay, four men have been charged following yesterday’s protests at parks on Jonsons Street and Bay Street.

A 34-year-old man was charged with assault officer in execution of duty and resist officer in execution of duty.

He was granted conditional bail will appear at Byron Bay Local Court on Monday 21 September 2020

A 36-year-old man was charged with resist or hinder police officer in the execution of duty, wilfully obstruct officer in execution of duty and resist officer in execution of duty.

A 21-year-old man was charged with wilfully obstruct officer in execution of duty and resist officer in execution of duty.

A 42-year-old man was charged with resist officer in execution of duty.

They were granted conditional bail will appear at Byron Bay Local Court on Monday 28 September 2020

In total, police charged nine people and issued 81 Penalty Infringement Notices of $1000 were issued for alleged breaches of the current NSW Public Health Orders.

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.

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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