Police have charged seven people under the Public Health Act 2010 (NSW) and issued 14 COVID-19-related Penalty Infringement Notices (PINs) for offences within the past 24 hours.
- About 12.20pm yesterday (Thursday 30 April 2020), police were called to a shopping centre on Gavenlock Road, Tuggerah, following reports a man verbally abused and spat on a woman. Before police arrived, security staff approached the man; however, he fled and boarded a train at Gosford Railway Station. Officers from Police Transport Command located the 34-year-old man and he was arrested and to Woy Woy Police Station. He was charged with seven offences including shoplifting, common assault, intimidate police officer in execution of duty and not comply noticed direction re spitting/coughing. He was refused bail to appear at Newcastle Local Court today (Friday 1 May 2020).
- About 6.15pm yesterday, officers from Mt Druitt Police Area Command spoke to a group of four people on the ground level of a car park on Mount Street, Mt Druitt. Police will allege they could not provide a reasonable excuse for being at the location. Three of them were issued warnings and moved on from the area. Checks revealed a 22-year-old woman had been issued three $1000 PINs on previous occasions for breaching Ministerial Directions. She was issued a Future Court Attendance Notice for not comply with noticed direction (COVID-19). The woman is due to appear at Mt Druitt Local Court on Wednesday 2 September 2020.
- Just after midday yesterday, officers from Cumberland Police Area Command attended a unit on Lane Street, Wentworthville, to speak to a 49-year-old woman about medical treatment. Upon arrival, she allegedly became aggressive and yelled at officers. It’s further alleged she assaulted and spat at a constable. She was arrested and taken to Granville Police Station where she was charged with resist officer in execution of duty, assault officer in execution of duty and not comply noticed direction re spitting/coughing – COVID-19. The woman was refused bail to appear at Liverpool Local Court today.
- About 10.45am yesterday, officers from Inner West Police Area Command noticed a woman standing inside the front yard of an apartment block on Pyrmont Bridge Road, Camperdown. Checks revealed the 27-year-old Newtown woman did not live there and had previously been issued a warning. She could not provide a reasonable excuse as to why she was there and during a subsequent search, police located a small bag containing a substance believed to be methylamphetamine. The woman was arrested and taken to Newtown Police Station where she was charged with not comply with noticed direction (COVID-19), possess prohibited drug, and trespass. She was refused bail to appear at Central Local Court today.
- About 10.45am yesterday, officers from Kings Cross Police Area Command stopped and spoke with a 35-year-old man on Darlinghurst Road, Potts Point. It’s alleged he could not provide police with a reasonable excuse for being out of home and was issued a $1000 PIN after already being warned on two previous occasions. About 1.40pm the same day, police noticed the man on Bayswater Road, Potts Point, and spoke to him. He was arrested and taken to Kings Cross Police Station where he was charged with not comply with noticed direction re section 7/8/9 – COVID-19 and other unrelated offences including shoplifting and trespass. The Waterloo man was refused bail to appear at Central Local Court today.
- About 1.45pm yesterday, officers from Liverpool City Police Area Command stopped a Toyota Corolla on Sadlier Avenue, Heckenberg, for the purpose of a random breath test. Police spoke to the four occupants, before searching the car. During the search, police seized cannabis, methylamphetamine, and prescription medication. During a search of one of the occupants, a 42-year-old woman, police located methylamphetamine and heroin. She was arrested and taken to Liverpool Police Station where she was charged with not comply with noticed direction re section 7/8/9 – COVID-19 and 12 drug related offences. The Bonnyrigg woman was refused bail to appear at Liverpool Local Court today.
- About 8.30pm yesterday, officers from Central North Police District stopped a Holden Commodore on Waratah Street, Brewarrina. The driver, a 33-year-old man, underwent a roadside breath test and allegedly returned a positive result. He was arrested and taken to Brewarrina Police Station where a subsequent breath analysis allegedly returned a reading of 0.061. Further checks revealed the vehicle had not been registered since June 2019 and the man had been given a previous warning about Ministerial Directions. He was issued a Court Attendance Notice for drive with low range PCA, use unregistered registrable Class A motor vehicle, use uninsured motor vehicle and not comply with noticed direction re section 7/8/9 – COVID-19. He is due to appear at Brewarrina Local Court on Tuesday 21 July 2020.
Yesterday’s PINs include:
- About 2pm, officers from Inner West Police Area Command were patrolling Lyons Road, Camperdown, when they stopped and spoke to a 53-year-old man who was not able to provide police with a reasonable excuse for being out. The man had previously been given warnings on three separate occasions last month. He was issued a $1000 PIN.
- About 4.45pm, officers from Northern Beaches Police Area Command were called to Raglan Street, Manly. Police attended and spoke to an 18-year-old man and a 16-year-old boy. It’s alleged they could not provide a reasonable excuse for being away from home. The pair had been given a warning on Saturday 11 April 2020. They were each issued a $1000 PIN. The man was also issued a cannabis caution and the teen was given a caution under the Young Offenders Act.
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.