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Sunday, July 25, 2021

Obey the public health orders, it’s simple: Elliott

NSW Minister for Police and Emergency Services David Elliott has taken aim at the community, including those in the Hunter, for not abiding by the Public Health Orders (PHO).

While a 14th person was handed a $1000 fine, after further investigations into a gathering at a home in Shellharbour at the weekend, there were a few local incidents, too.

Officers from Raymond Terrace Highway Patrol stopped a sedan on Adelaide Street about 6.40pm on Sunday 4 July – and spoke with the occupants.

The men, aged 24 and 26 from Liverpool, were issued a $1000 Penalty infringement Notices (PIN) for breaching the stay-at-home direction.

They also failed to wear a face covering.

The driver was given numerous other penalty notices as well, for defects to his vehicle.

Both males were then told to return to their homes immediately.

Other residents within the Hunter received $200 penalties for not wearing face masks.

“It is disappointing to see so many people ignoring the rules and putting the health of our community at risk,” Mr Elliott said.

“We must not get complacent with the health orders and must continue to work to stop the spread of this virus.”

But, it’s not all doom and gloom, as those in Greater Sydney, Wollongong and the Central Coast enter their second week under a stay-at-home direction.

NSW Police Force Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys said he wanted to thank the overwhelming majority of people who were complying with the PHO directions.

“I’d like to congratulate everyone who is doing the right thing and complying with the directions,” he stated.

“These people are aware of the risks and are demonstrating they care for their community and are making the job of police easier.”

A total of 125 PINs were issued in the past 24 hours across the designated area.

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