In the past 24 hours, five people have been dealt with under the Public Health Act 2010 (NSW) COVID-19, with two charged and three others issued with Penalty Infringement Notices (PINs).
- About 1.30am yesterday (Thursday 7 May 2020), officers from Sydney City Police Area Command stopped and spoke to a cyclist on Thomas Street, Haymarket, with the 44-year-old Artarmon man saying he doesn’t like being at home. When checks revealed the man may be riding a stolen bike, police were told he had bought it cheap a few days ago, but he couldn’t recall from whom or where. Further checks revealed the man had received multiple warnings and fines, so he was arrested and charged with breach of bail, goods in custody and fail to comply with noticed direction – COVID 19. He appeared at Central Local Court yesterday.
- About 9.45am, officers from Police Transport Command stopped a 29-year-old man at Cabramatta Railway Station for travelling without a valid ticket/Opal card. When asked why he had travelled to the area, the Wiley Park man advised he was bored and wanted to look at the pretty women. After checks revealed the man was not to attend Cabramatta, he was arrested and taken to Fairfield Police Station. It’s alleged the man became irate on arrest and began swearing continuously. He was charged with not comply with noticed direction re s 7/8/9 – COVID-19 and use offensive language in/near public place. He was refused bail and appeared at court yesterday, where he was granted conditional bail to re-appear on Thursday 21 May 2020.
- About 9.45am (Thursday 7 May 2020), officers from Mt Druitt Police Area Command spoke to a 40-year-old man, who was drinking beer in the alcohol exclusion zone at Dawson Mall. Police directed him to dispose the drink and he was moved-on. When police responded to reports of an altercation at Dawson Mall about 2.40pm, they again spoke with the man. Officers were told he had entered a nearby shopping centre in contravention of a banning notice and purchased alcohol. The man was arrested and taken to Mt Druitt Police Station, where he was charged with trespass and issued a $1000 PIN.
- Officers from Oxley Police District were patrolling at Quirindi, when they stopped and spoke to a 27-year-old man on George Street about 5pm. The man did not have any purpose for being out and during a subsequent search, police located cannabis and drug paraphernalia. He was advised he would be issued a Court Attendance Notice in relation to the seized items and after checks revealed he had received numerous previous COVID-related warnings, he was issued with a $1000 PIN and given a move-on direction. The man was again located hanging around the same area about 90 minutes later and given another warning and move-on direction.
- About 10pm, officers from Mt Druitt Police Area Command were called to home on De Witt Place, Willmot in relation to a noise complaint. On arrival, police observed a group of at least 15 people inside the home celebrating a birthday. All non-residents were given warnings in relation to breaching Ministerial Directions and told to leave the home. Police were called back to the property about 11.35pm as the noise was continuing and a 27-year-old woman, who was not a resident and previously given a warning, was still at the property. She was subsequently issued a $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. Information is treated in strict confidence.