Police charge teen after coughing on council ranger – Waverton

A teenager has been charged after allegedly coughing on and attempting to spit at a council ranger in Sydney’s lower North Shore yesterday.

Just before 4pm (Sunday 29 March 2020), a council ranger attended a reserve on Balls Head Drive, Waverton, following reports of a group illegally camping at the location.

The ranger – a 54-year-old man – spoke to a family to inform them camping at the location was prohibited.

Police will allege a member of the family – a 15-year-old boy – verbally abused the ranger, before coughing directly at him and attempting to spit in his direction.

Officers from North Shore Police Area Command were notified and attended the reserve, before speaking with the boy.

Following inquiries, police returned to the reserve and arrested the boy about 8.30pm the same day.

He was taken to Chatswood Police Station and charged with common assault and stalk/intimidate intend fear physical harm.

The teen is due to appear at a children’s court on Tuesday 16 June 2020.

Anyone with information about members of the community breaching Public Health Orders or otherwise contravening the Public Health Act is urged to report online to Crime Stoppers: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence.

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