A middle-aged woman arrested for refusing to wear a mask or sign in, a Porsche driver fakes a sick relative and car park capers from local teens – if you were wondering about compliance with the public health orders on the Northern Beaches, here are a few cautionary tales.
Curious to know how well we’ve been behaving and how police have been choosing to issue infringements relating to the Public Health Orders, we asked the Police media unit recently for a run-down of Penalty Infringement Notices (PINs) issued in the last month or so.
Here’s a few stand outs:
Maskless woman arrested in Manly
About 10am on Friday 13 August 2021, two off-duty officers observed a woman allegedly entering shops and cafes without checking in using the QR code, and not wearing a mask.
Police attended the scene and arrested the 59-year-old woman. She was taken to Manly Police Station and issued a Future Court Attendance Notice for not comply with noticed direction re s 7/8/9 – COVID 19, two counts of not wear fitted face covering in retail/business, and two counts of fail to comply with electronic registration device.
The Manly woman is due to appear in Manly Local Court on Tuesday 28 September 2021.
Teens fined for carpark gathering
About 10.15pm on Wednesday 11 August, officers attended a shopping centre carpark on Jacksons Road, Warriewood, following reports a group was gathered at the location.
Upon arrival, some of the group fled the scene on foot.
A 19-year-old man was arrested after inquiries revealed he had previously been issued an infringement for PHO breaches.
The man, from Bilgola Plateau, was charged with not comply with noticed direction re s 7/8/9 – COVID-19 and possess prohibited drug. He was granted conditional bail and appeared in Manly Local Court on Monday 16 August 2021.
A 16-year-old boy from Manly Vale – who had also previously been warned for breaching current orders – was also charged with not comply with noticed direction re s 7/8/9 – COVID-19. He was granted conditional bail to appear in a children’s court on Wednesday 8 September 2021. This next one is a little old but still worth a mention…
Porsche driver fakes sick relative
About 12.30am on Sunday 11 July 2021, officers stopped a white Porsche on Warringah Road, Frenchs Forest, and spoke to the driver, and his occupant.
The driver told police he was taking his passenger to visit a sick relative in hospital, as the passenger did not hold a valid driver’s license.
Following inquiries, it was revealed that the information provided to police was false as there was no family member in hospital.
The driver, a 29-year-old man from Strathfield and his passenger, a 36-year-old man from Dee Why were both issued a $1,000 fine for breaching the current Public Health Order as they did not have a reasonable excuse to leave their home and did not reside at the same address to be carpooling.
Unhappy hour for high vis gents
About 7.00pm on Friday 30 July 2021 police attended an address on Wyadra Avenue in North Manly following reports of a gathering.
Upon arrival, police spoke to four construction workers who had been consuming alcohol and playing loud music at the address.
Following inquiries, all men – a 41-year-old from North Manly, a 48-year-old from Freshwater, and two aged 38 from Narraweena and North Manly – were issued a $1000 PIN for not comply with noticed direction re section 7/8/9 – COVID-19.
Car park cans cop 1k
About 9.45pm on Saturday 7 August 2021, police observed three males standing by a car on Pittwater Road, Collaroy, who ran from the area when police approached.
Alcohol, a surf board and music speakers were located beside the car.
A short time later, the three men – all aged 19 from Collaroy and Collaroy Plateau – returned to the vehicle and were issued $1000 PINs for breaching the current health order by being out of their home during lockdown without a reasonable excuse.
Did you know you can read the actual Public Health Order documents in raw form? Check them out here.