One man charged and four issued $1000 PINs in three separate COVID-19 breaches

A man who was issued a Penalty Infringement Notice (PIN) at the weekend for entering into NSW from Victoria without a permit has now been charged, after allegedly trying to cross the border again in the back of a taxi.

Just before 10pm last night (Tuesday 15 September 2020), police at a border checkpoint on the Hume Highway, South Albury, stopped a taxi attempting to enter NSW and spoke with the driver and passenger.

Checks revealed the passenger – a 26-year-old man – did not have a valid permit to be entering NSW and had attempted to cross the border several times previously. Additionally, the man had been given a PIN at Central Railway Station on Saturday (12 September 2020) and instructed to return to Victoria, when he was unable to produce a permit.

He was arrested and taken to Albury Police Station, where he was charged with not complying with a noticed direction. The man was granted strict conditional bail, to appear before Albury Local Court on Monday 12 October 2020.

Additionally, four PINs have been issued since the past update:

  • About 7am on Monday (14 September 2020), police were assisting NSW Health who were screening passengers arriving in Sydney from Albury at Central Railway Station, when they spoke to a 33-year-old man who could not provide a valid permit. Checks revealed the man attempted to enter NSW using a Railway Bridge at Albury last Friday (11 September 2020). After being advised he could return to Victoria or undergo quarantine, the man chose to quarantine, and was taken to a hotel on Thomas Street, Haymarket. During quarantine, he allegedly exited his room on numerous occasions on Monday (14 September 2020) and yesterday (Tuesday 15 September 2020) and was subsequently issued a $1000 PIN for fail to comply with noticed direction in relation to section 7/8/9 – COVID-19.
  • Three tradesmen attempted to enter NSW at the Moama checkpoint about 9.40am yesterday (Tuesday 15 September 2020), however, they were unable to produce a valid permit and directed to return to Victoria. A short time later, the men returned to the checkpoint and produced a permit, which only allowed entry via air travel. About 1pm the same day, the men attempted to enter at the Hume Highway checkpoint. The driver, a 30-year-old man, told police they crossed into Victoria in error and attempted to re-enter. Checks revealed they entered Victoria at 6am and the driver was issued an infringement notice for fail to provide/give false information on request. The passengers – aged 26 and 28 – were also issued $1000 PINs for fail to comply with noticed direction in relation to section 7/8/9 – COVID-19.

Police continue to appeal to the community to report suspected breaches of any ministerial direction or behaviour which may impact on the health and safety of the community.

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. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.

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