Trump leads in Florida and other vital battlegrounds, Biden pins hopes on ‘blue wall’


WILMINGTON, Delaware: President Donald Trump was leading Democratic rival Joe Biden in the vital battleground state of Florida on Tuesday (Nov 3) and in several other competitive swing states that will help decide the election, including North Carolina, Ohio and Texas.

Fox News network projected Trump would win Florida, a state seen as a must-win in his quest for the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win another four years in the White House.

Biden, searching desperately for states to recapture from Trump, was eyeing the so-called “blue wall” states of Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania that sent Trump to the White House in 2016, but vote counting could stretch for hours or days there.

Trump held early leads in those three states, but much of that was built on Republican-heavy Election Day voting. The counting of mail-in ballots in all three states was expected to take hours or days. In Wisconsin and Pennsylvania, mail-in ballots cannot be processed until Election Day.

Fox News projected Biden would win Arizona, giving him a potential path to victory with the “blue wall” states.

READ: Live updates: America decides between Trump and Biden in historic US election

Supporters of both candidates called the election a referendum on Trump and his tumultuous first term.

Trump monitored election returns with members of his family in the living room of the White House residence. Going in and out of the room were first lady Melania Trump, his son-in-law Jared Kushner and his daughter Ivanka among others. “He’s calm, chilling,” said a source familiar with the scene.

A senior Trump aide, watching returns at the White House, described the mood there in a text: “Good. But nervous”.

In the East Room of the White House, where 200 Trump supporters were having drinks and eating chicken fingers, sliders and cookies, cheers broke out when Fox News called Florida for Trump, said a source in the room.

“The place just erupted,” said the source, who said the mood was both “extraordinarily positive” and “cautiously optimistic”. “Everyone started cheering.”

Voters were also to decide which political party controls the US Congress for the next two years, with Democrats narrowly favoured to recapture a Senate majority and retain their control of the House of Representatives.

READ: Senate Republicans and Democrats trade losses as battle for Senate rages

There were no early surprises as the two contenders split the US states already projected. Trump captured conservative states like Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky and Tennessee while Democratic-leaning Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York and Vermont went to Biden, according to projections by television networks and Edison Research.

None of the approximately dozen battleground states that will decide the race had been settled as polls closed in most US states, although Trump was moving into a lead in many of them.

In Florida, Trump was leading Biden 51.2 per cent to 47.7 per cent with 94 per cent of the expected votes counted. Electoral College votes are assigned to each state, in part based on their population.

Trump’s strong performance in Florida was powered by his improved numbers with Latinos. His share of the vote in counties with large Latino populations was larger than it was in the 2016 election.

For months there had been complaints from Democratic Latino activists that Biden was ignoring Hispanic voters and lavishing attention instead on Black voters in big Midwestern cities. Opinion polls in key states showed Biden underperforming with Latinos in the weeks leading up to the election.

Many younger Hispanics were ardent supporters of US Democratic Senator Bernie Sanders during the party’s primary campaign, but in opinion polls expressed little enthusiasm for Biden, viewing him as too moderate and out of touch.

In the Miami area, Latinos are predominantly Cuban Americans, where generations of families have fled communist rule in Cuba. Trump’s messaging about Biden being a socialist seemed to work with them and with Venezuelans there despite Biden’s denials.

Edison’s national exit poll showed that while Biden led Trump among nonwhite voters, Trump received a slightly higher proportion of the non-white votes than he did in 2016. The poll showed that about 11 per cent of African Americans, 31 per cent of Hispanics and 30 per cent of Asian Americans voted for Trump, up 3 percentage points from 2016 in all three groups

Edison’s national exit poll also found that support for Trump declined by about 3 points among older white voters, compared with 2016, while it rose by about 15 points among older Latinos and by 11 points among Black voters between 30 and 44.

The poll found Biden made significant gains in the suburbs. In 42 suburban counties spread across 13 states where most of the votes had been counted, Biden was doing about 5 percentage points better than Clinton did in 2016 and than Barack Obama did in 2012.

Biden, 77, still has multiple paths to the 270 Electoral College votes he needs to win without Florida, despite having spent lots of time and money trying to flip the state that backed Trump, 74, in 2016.

But Biden was trailing in the battleground state of North Carolina, where Trump led 49.9 per cent to 48.8 per cent with 93 per cent of expected votes counted. Trump also moved out to lead in Ohio, Texas and Georgia, all battleground states he won in 2016 but Biden had hoped to recapture from him this year.

READ: America on edge as nation decides between Trump and Biden

US stock futures jumped late on Tuesday. S&P emini futures were last up 1.9 per cent, extending a rally during the official trading session in which the S&P 500 delivered its strongest one-day gain in almost a month.

“Markets have taken a step back from the Democratic sweep scenario,” said Stephen Innes, Chief Global Markets Strategist at Axi.

On betting website Smarkets, odds reflected a 74 per cent chance of Trump winning, up from 33 per cent earlier in the day.

Voters, many wearing masks and maintaining social-distancing to guard against the spread of the coronavirus, streamed into polling places across the country through the day, experiencing long lines in a few locales and short waits in many other places. There were no signs of disruptions or violence at polling sites, as some officials had feared.

PANDEMIC STRAINS

The winner will lead a nation strained by a pandemic that has killed more than 231,000 people and left millions more jobless, racial tensions and political polarization that has only worsened during a vitriolic campaign.

Biden, the Democratic former vice president, put Trump’s handling of the pandemic at the center of his campaign and has held a consistent lead in national opinion polls over the Republican president.

But a third of US voters listed the economy as the issue that mattered most to them when deciding their choice for president, while two out of 10 cited COVID-19, according to an Edison Research exit poll on Tuesday.

In the national exit poll, four out of 10 voters said they thought the effort to contain the virus was going “very badly”. In the battleground states of Florida and North Carolina, battleground states that could decide the election, five of 10 voters said the national response to the pandemic was going “somewhat or very badly”.

The poll found that nine out of 10 voters had already decided on their choice before October, and nine out of 10 voters said they were confident their state would accurately count votes.

The poll found signs Trump was losing support among his core base of supporters in Georgia.

In anticipation of possible protests, some buildings and stores were boarded up in cities including Washington, Los Angeles and New York. Federal authorities erected a new fence around the White House perimeter.

Trump is seeking another term in office after a chaotic four years marked by the coronavirus crisis, an economy battered by pandemic shutdowns, an impeachment drama, inquiries into Russian election interference, US racial tensions and contentious immigration policies.

Biden is looking to win the presidency on his third attempt after a five-decade political career including eight years as vice president under Trump’s predecessor, Barack Obama.

Biden has promised a renewed effort to fight the public health crisis, fix the economy and bridge America’s political divide. The country this year was also shaken by months of protests against racism and police brutality.



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20 PINs issued following weekend breaches of COVID rules – 16 News


Police have issued 20 Penalty Infringement Notices (PINs) following a number of alleged breaches of Ministerial Directions under the Public Health Act across the state at the weekend.

Officers from Richmond Police District were conducting duties at a sports ground at Ballina on Saturday, when they became concerned about the increasing crowd numbers.

Police observed that people were not being counted as they entered the ground and after it was estimated that more than 1000 were in attendance, event organisers were directed to reduce the crowd size.

Play was suspended for a short time while the crowd was reduced by half and appropriate control measures were established.

Officials for the club were subsequently advised a $5000 PIN would be issued for failing to adhere to venue operation laws.

About 12.45pm on Saturday, police from Operation Border Closure stopped a Hyundai SUV at the Tocumwal border checkpoint and spoke with the male driver.

The 26-year-old man told police he was returning to Queensland and was unaware he required a permit to transit through NSW. He was provided advice on applying for a permit before being refused entry and directed to return to Victoria.

About 7am the following day (Sunday 18 October), police were advised an SUV was seen driving on the Tocumwal Railway Bridge into NSW.

Following patrols, police stopped the Hyundai SUV on the Newell Highway at Finley and spoke to the same driver. He was escorted back to border and issued a $1000 PIN for failure to comply with noticed direction in relation to section 7/8/9 – COVID-19.

Officers from Lake Macquarie Police District were called to a home on Letchworth Parade, Balmoral, about 10.30pm on Saturday, following reports of a large party.

Police arrived to find more than 100 young people congregated and spoke with the resident – a 47-year-old woman – who said many of the guests were uninvited, but she had not asked them to leave.

As police attempted to disperse the crowd, they became hostile towards the officers and threw bottles, rocks, and other projectiles before damaging property, including fences, trees and street signs.

The crowd was eventually dispersed and investigations into the incident are continuing.

Officers have since issued the woman with a $1000 PIN.

About 1.25am (Sunday 18 October 2020), officers from Eastern Suburbs Police Area Command responded to reports of a loud party at a unit block on Hall Street, Bondi.

On arrival, police observed at least 35 people inside the unit before the group scattered and attempted to run from the area. In total, 17 people were spoken to, some of whom were found hiding in a stairwell, and were advised they would each receive a $1000 PIN.

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 information via NSW Police social media pages.



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Woman charged and 11 PINs to be issued following Sydney protest – 16 News


Police have charged a woman and will issue 11 Penalty Infringement Notices (PINs) for breaching the Public Health Order following an unauthorised protest in Sydney.

A high-visibility police operation was launched in response to the unauthorised protest that took place about 1pm today (Saturday 10 October 2020), to ensure the safety of the community and enforce the current Public Health Orders.

General duties officers from Surry Hills Police Area Command and across the Central Metropolitan Region were assisted by specialist police from the Public Order and Riot Squad, Police Transport Command and Traffic and Highway Patrol Command.

The large group gathered in Taylors Square and were warned the mass gathering was in breach of the NSW Public Health Order, that prohibits outdoor gatherings of more than 20 people.

Following a speech, the group began to split, each making its way down Oxford Street, before the majority ended up in Hyde Park and then dispersing.

During the operation, a 19-year-old woman was arrested and taken to Kings Cross Police Station.

She was charged with resist or hinder police officer in the execution of duty, assault officer in the execution of duty and not comply with noticed direction s 7/8/9 – COVID-19.

The Bronte woman was granted conditional bail and is due to appear before Downing Centre Local Court on Tuesday 3 November 2020.

A further 11 people will be issued $1000 Penalty Infringement Notices (PINs) in relation to breaches of the Public Health Order and one move on direction was issued.



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COVID-19 update; Two CANs, eight PINs issued – 16 News


Police have charged two people and issued eight infringements since the last COVID-19 update.

Officers from Monaro Police District stopped a vehicle on the Monaro Highway, Lords Hill, about 11am on Saturday (3 October 2020), after allegedly evading a checkpoint to enter NSW. The occupants, two men aged 41 and 52, were issued with $1000 PINS after being issued warnings the previous day for attempting to enter NSW at the Jungellic Road checkpoint without a valid permit. They were directed to return to Victoria. About 9.15pm the same day, the men allegedly tried to enter NSW again through a checkpoint at Hayden Bog and Lower Bendoc roads. They were issued with field court attendance notices for attempting to enter NSW for a third time and will face court at a later date.

About 10.45am on Saturday (3 October 2020), police attached to Barrier Police District were conducting border closure operations when they stopped a Ford Falcon sedan, travelling on the Sturt Highway, Balranald to conduct a permit check. Police spoke to the male driver, aged 24, and he was issued with a $1000 PIN for violating the conditions of his border permit.

Officers from Richmond Police District attended a licensed premises on Keen Street, Lismore about 7.50pm on Saturday and issued a $5000 PIN for failing to effectively implement a COVID-19 safety plan 2020.

Just after midnight on Sunday (4 October 2020), police were called to Malabar Headland after complaints were received about a party that was taking place. Officers from Eastern Beaches Police Area Command attended and located more than 80 people at the event. The crowd dispersed and officers spoke to the organiser, a 31-year-old man. He was issued $1000 PIN for failing to comply with a required public health order – COVID-19 and an infringement for use park or part of park for other than which it is reserved. Inquiries continue.

Officers attached to Richmond Police District attended a licensed premises on Brighton Street, East Ballina about 7.30pm on Sunday, and issued a $5000 PIN for failing to adhere to venue operation laws. Police will allege no provisions were being made to effect proper social distancing within the establishment.

Officers from Sydney City Police Area Command attended a venue at Cockle Bay Wharf, Darling Park about 6.45pm on Sunday and issued the manager a $5000 PIN after allegedly being unable to produce a COVID-19 safely

Sydney City Police attended a second venue at Cockle Bay Wharf, Darling Park, about 9.30pm on Sunday. Police allege the manager was unable to produce a COVID-19 safety plan and was issued a $5000 PIN.

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.



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One man charged and four issued $1000 PINs in three separate COVID-19 breaches – 16 News


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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Additional PINs issued at the weekend – 16 News


Further to the updates sent over the weekend, NSW Police have issued five individuals with Penalty Infringement Notices (PINs) for not complying with Public Health Orders.

  • Just before midnight on Friday (4 September 2020), officers from Bankstown Police Area Command were conducting proactive compliance checks when they attended the home of a 22-year-old man that had been instructed to self-isolate for 14 days. Police will allege the man was not self-isolating when they visited and was subsequently issued a $1000 PIN.
  • About 8.20am on Saturday (5 September 2020), officers from Murray River Police District stopped a taxi at a border checkpoint in South Albury and spoke with the passengers, a 23-year-old man and a 19-year-old woman. They presented permits to police, and subsequent checks revealed they were not valid for the reasons they provided. The pair were escorted back to Victoria; however, a short time later they returned to the checkpoint and claimed they obtained the correct permits, which they had not. They were each issued $1000 PINs for give false details on request – COVID-19.
  • About 11.30pm on Saturday, officers from Murray River Police District stopped a Toyota Corolla with Victorian registration that was travelling through Deniliquin. The driver, a 34-year-old woman, presented police with a permit, which subsequent checks revealed she was allegedly in breach of. She was issued a $1000 PIN for fail to comply with notice direction in relation to s 7/8/9 and instructed to return to Victoria.
  • A 36-year-old man was issued a $1000 PIN on Saturday for failing to comply with a noticed direction after allegedly exiting NSW and attempting to re-enter at several border crossing checkpoints.

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.



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Four PINs issued after border and isolation breaches – COVID-19 update – 16 News


Police have issued four Penalty Infringement Notices (PINs) in the last 24 hours relating to three separate breaches of COVID-19 Public Health Orders.

On Wednesday (26 August 2020), officers attached to Operation Border Closure raised concerns over the validity of a permit produced by a 41-year-old man at the Wodonga Place, South Albury, checkpoint.

Initial checks indicated his reason for travel was consistent with the permit, and the man was granted entry, but the matter was referred to local police to conduct further inquiries.

After establishing the man had travelled to Eden, police attended a caravan park to speak with him but he could not be located.

Following further inquiries, police returned to the caravan park just before 1pm yesterday (Thursday 27 August 2020), as the man was attempting to leave.

He was directed to return to Victoria and advised he would be issued with a $1000 PIN for failing to comply with requirements of the Public Health Orders.

In a separate incident, a ride-share vehicle was stopped at a border checkpoint on the Hume Highway at Albury, about 10am yesterday (Thursday 27 August 2020).

The driver inquired whether he would be allowed to re-enter NSW if he dropped his customer home in Westmeadows, Victoria.

Checks on the man’s 22-year-old male customer revealed he did not have a valid permit to be in NSW.

He was issued with a $1000 PIN and escorted back into Victoria.

About 6pm on Monday 27 July 2020, police from Operation Border Closure stopped a taxi at the checkpoint on Wodonga Place, South Albury, and spoke with the driver who provided all necessary documentation, before speaking with his passengers – a 41-year-old man and a 23-year-old woman.

Checks revealed the man was meant to be in self-isolation and the woman had crossed the border for reasons inconsistent with her permit.

The pair were directed to return to their homes in Albury and advised police would conduct further inquiries.

As a result of those inquiries, the man and woman were each issued with $1000 PINs yesterday.

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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Three PINs issued since last COVID-19 update – 16 News


Three Penalty Infringement Notices (PINs) have been issued since the last COVID-19 update.

– Around 4.40pm last Friday (14 August 2020), police stopped a vehicle in Coomealla and spoke with the 43-year-old male driver and 38-year-old male passenger, who were both from Mildura. The pair could not provide a reasonable excuse for being in NSW and, following inquiries, they were each issued with $1000 PINs on Tuesday (18 August 2020).

– About 12.45pm on Wednesday (19 August 2020), police saw a vehicle with Victorian registration plates parked at a recycling site in Corowa. Officers spoke with a 68-year-old man, who produced a permit allowing him to enter NSW for work purposes only. Checks revealed his permit had been obtained to carry out work at an address he had only attended once over a month ago, with no plans made to conduct any further work at the address. He was issued with a $1000 PIN and instructed to return to Victoria.

– About 6.20pm yesterday (Thursday 20 August 2020), police stopped a car in Broken Hill and spoke with the 23-year-old female driver. Officers discovered she was meant to be self-isolating at a Dareton address, after entering NSW from Victoria on Tuesday. She was handed a $1000 PIN.

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.

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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Six charged, 11 PINs issued for breaches of Public Health Orders – 16 News


Police have taken legal action against 17 people and one business for non-compliance with COVID-19 Public Health Orders across the weekend.

In total, six people were charged and 11 were issued $1000 Penalty Infringement Notices (PINs), while a Sydney CBD business received a $5000 PIN as part of ongoing operations in response to the pandemic.

The charges include:

Officers from South Sydney Police Area Command were alerted about 6pm on Friday (7 August 2020), after a man absconded from his room in a hotel on Jackson Drive, Mascot. Police began searching for the man and tracked him to Central Railway Station where he had caught a train north. He was tracked to Newcastle Railway Station where he was arrested and taken to Newcastle Police Station about 3am on Saturday (8 August 2020). The 31-year-old man, from Thurgoona, has been charged with not comply with noticed direction re section 7/8/9 – COVID-19 and fail to comply requirement public health order – COVID-19. He was refused bail and appeared at Newcastle Bail Court on Saturday where he was formally refused bail and is next due to appear at Central Local Court on Wednesday (12 August 2020).

About 2.30pm on Saturday (8 August 2020), officers stopped a vehicle on Wood Street, Gol Gol, and spoke with the 26-year-old female driver and two passengers – a 28-year-old woman and 35-year-old man.

In a subsequent search of the car, police seized more than $64,000 cash and 62g of a crystallised substance believed to be prohibited drugs. All three occupants were arrested and taken to Dareton Police Station, where the younger woman was charged with two counts of deal with property proceeds of crime.

The older woman was charged with deal with property proceeds of crime and not comply with noticed direction. Police will allege in court that the older woman hid in the boot of the vehicle to avoid detection by NSW Police Force and Australia Defence Force officers at the George Caffey Bridge checkpoint earlier that day. Both women were granted conditional bail to appear at Wentworth Local Court on Tuesday 6 October 2020. The man was charged with deal with property proceeds of crime. He appeared at Dubbo Bail Court on Sunday (9 August 2020), where he was formally refused bail to appear at Broken Hill Local Court today (Monday 10 August 2020).

Officers from Surry Hills Police Area Command were conducting proactive patrols, when they stopped to speak with a woman who was acting suspiciously on Mary Street just before 7pm on Saturday (8 August 2020). It’s alleged the woman was aggressive toward the officers then attempted to walk away. When the officers attempted to stop her from leaving, she allegedly resisted before being arrested. During a subsequent search of the woman’s handbag, police located and seized methylamphetamine, $500 cash, and tramadol and diazepam, which were not prescribed to her. Checks revealed the woman is a Victorian resident and had been granted a transit permit in July to travel directly to Queensland.

She was taken to Surry Hills Police Station and charged with resist or hinder police officer in the execution of duty, possess prohibited drug, two counts of possess prescribed restricted substance, supply prohibited drug, and not comply with noticed direction re s 7/8/9 – COVID-19. She was refused bail and appeared at Parramatta Bail Court, where she was granted conditional bail to next appear at Downing Centre Local Court on Thursday (13 August 2020).

Just after midnight yesterday (Sunday 9 August 2020), officers from Coffs/Clarence Highway Patrol stopped an unregistered Toyota Kluger outside a hotel on the Pacific Highway, Coffs Harbour, and spoke to the driver – a 29-year-old woman. The driver produced a Victorian driver’s licence and while speaking to her, a 32-year-old man – known to the woman – approached the vehicle. Checks revealed the couple entered NSW on Monday 27 July 2020 on a transit permit, before staying at Port Macquarie on Sunday 2 August 2020. The pair were arrested and taken to Coffs Harbour Police Station where they were both charged with not comply with noticed direction section 7/8/9 – COVID-19. They were refused bail and appeared at Port Macquarie Bail Court yesterday where they were granted conditional bail to appear at Coffs Harbour Local Court today (Monday 10 August 2020).

Officers from Tweed/Byron Police District attended a home on Cecil Street, Nimbin, on Friday (7 August 2020, and spoke to a 31-year-old woman who arrived in NSW from Victoria on Saturday 1 August 2020. The woman was advised to travel direction from Albury to her Nimbin address. Checks revealed the woman had visited a friend in Maitland, stopped at Nabiac and Gosford for mechanical repairs and picked up a patient who had been discharged from Lismore Base Hospital. Following further inquiries, the woman was served a Court Attendance Notice for not comply with noticed direction section 7/8/9 – COVID-19 yesterday (Sunday 9 August 2020). She is due to appear in Lismore Local Court on Monday 21 September 2020.

The PINs include:

While transiting in Sydney, the man was taken to a quarantine hotel at Chippendale before being directed to travel directly to Sydney Airport to board his international flight on Saturday (8 August 2020). It was established the man had attended a nearby building and spoke to a friend before travelling to the airport. Police were informed and attended Sydney Airport, where the man’s connecting flight had been cancelled and he was returned back to the hotel. He was subsequently issued a $1000 infringement for breaching the Public Health Order.

Just before 7pm on Saturday (8 August 2020), officers from Eastern Suburbs Police Area Command attended a North Bondi apartment in response to noise complaints. On arrival, police requested to speak with the resident – noting loud music and noise emanating from the residence. The 30-year-old man subsequently told police he had planned a surprise party for a friend and too many guests turned up – a total of 30. He was issued a $1000 PIN and the party concluded.

After receiving information in relation to a person travelling into NSW under false pretences, police from Operation Border Closure attended a hotel at Albury, about 7pm on Saturday, and spoke with a 32-year-old woman from Melbourne and her partner, who is a NSW resident. It was established that the woman had entered NSW on a carer’s permit but neither she nor he had children with them at the hotel. Further, the woman had been in the Greater Melbourne area in recent days and therefore made a false declaration at check-in to the hotel and was not self-isolating as per permit requirements. The woman was issued a $1000 PIN and directed to return to Victoria.

About 9.30pm on Saturday, police attached to Operation Border Closure stopped a Mercedes Benz while working a checkpoint on Wodonga Place, South Albury. After speaking with the 23-year-old male driver and the 21-year-old female passenger, it was established that neither had a permit to enter NSW, and checks revealed they had attempted to cross the border at the Hume Highway about 30 minutes earlier. Police again explained the processes required for entering NSW, including permits and quarantining. The pair were subsequently issued $1000 PINs and refused entry to NSW.

About 12.50am yesterday (Sunday 9 August 2020), police stopped a vehicle on Wodonga Place, South Albury, and spoke with the 37-year-old male driver. Checks revealed the man was in breach of his permit, which stated he must self-isolate for a period of 14 days. Further inquiries revealed the man had already been turned away by police at two border checkpoints earlier in the evening. He was issued with a $1000 PIN for failing to adhere to border permit requirements.

Just before midday yesterday, police stopped a vehicle on the Newell Highway at Tocumwal and spoke with two men in the vehicle – aged 35 and 58 – who stated they had travelled across the border to pick up a car from Shepparton. The men were in possession of permits which stipulated they were only able to travel into Cobram to obtain essential goods and services. They were both issued $1000 PINs for failing to adhere to conditions of a border exemption permit.

About 9.30pm yesterday, police attached to Operation Border Closure approached a Pantech truck at the Wodonga Place checkpoint and spoke to the driver and passenger – both men aged 63 – who advised they were delivering furniture. After officers advised the men that they had been briefed about two men in a Pantech truck attempting to cross the border without permits twice that afternoon, the men provided other reasons but neither had valid permits. Both men were advised they would each be issued with $1000 PINs before being refused entry and turned around.

About 11pm on Saturday (8 August 2020), licensing police from Sydney City Police Area Command issued the owner of a licensed premises on O’Connell Street, Sydney, with a $5000 PIN for failing to comply with a ministerial direction for alleged breaches on Sunday 2 August 2020. The venue was previously issued a warning.

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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Nine PINs issued overnight as parties shut down across NSW – 16 News


Nine people will be issued Penalty Infringement Notices (PINs) for non-compliance with COVID-19 Public Health Orders after police dispersed two indoor gatherings across the state that exceeded the 20-person limit.

About 11pm yesterday (Saturday 1 August 2020), officers from Monaro Police District were called to resort on Kosciuszko Road, East Jindabyne, following a noise complaint.

Police were directed to a room where loud music was being played and discovered 27 people inside. Only eight were actually staying at the resort.

Seven men – aged 31, 29, 26, two aged 27 and two aged 24 – and a 29-year-old woman, will be issued with $1000 PINs for failing to comply with a ministerial direction

The remaining people inside the room were moved-on after their details were taken by police.

In a separate incident, officers from Eastern Beaches Police Area Command were called to a unit on Anzac Parade, Maroubra, just before 1am today (Sunday 2 August 2020), after reports of a loud gathering.

Police arrived to find a large group of people at the unit, in excess of the 20-person limit, and were told it was an after-party for an earlier birthday celebration.

The party was shut down, with attendees moved-on from the location.

The resident, a 29-year-old man, will be issued a PIN for not comply with noticed direction re s 7/8/9 COVID-19.

Meanwhile, emergency services were called Mosman overnight due to concerns that two teenage girls needed medical attention after attending an unauthorised party.

Officers from North Shore Police Area Command and NSW Ambulance paramedics were called to Whiting Beach, off Athol Wharf Road, shortly before 9pm (Saturday 1 August 2020), after two girls were found unconscious.

The girls, believed to be aged 16, were taken by paramedics to Royal North Hospital where they were treated for the effects of alcohol.

Fire and Rescue NSW officers were called to assist with the retrieval as the site had to accessed by about 50 steps down to the beach.

Police were told between 20-40 young people had been gathered drinking on the beach before the girls were found unconscious.

Many of the partygoers had left the scene before emergency services arrived; however, police inquiries continue into the party, which is believed to have breached current COVID restrictions.

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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