A man and a woman were charged and denied bail after allegedly assaulting police during a COVID-19 compliance check, as more people in the greater Sydney area fined police officers for refusing to wear masks.
Officers attended a home on Amy Street, Regents Park in western Sydney just after midnight to confirm that a resident at the location was staying home as outlined in the Public Health Act.
Police allege that the 39-year-old man verbally abused the attending officers before threatening them.
More police officers were called to the home after the man allegedly resisted five officers.
During the incident, a 20-year-old woman in the home allegedly tried to prevent the police from arresting the man and assaulted a high-ranking police officer.
The duo were arrested and taken to the Auburn Police Station.
While the man was obeying a stay-at-home order under the Public Health Act, he was criminally charged for the other alleged crimes, including intimidating and obstructing the police.
The woman was charged with two counts of assaulting an officer.
Both were denied bail to appear in court today.
So far this week, the NSW Police have issued 12 tickets and more than 50 warnings for violations of the Public Health Act.
Among those infractions was a 60-year-old man who was fined for allegedly abusing security and staff at a shopping center in Merrylands in western Sydney, after being asked to wear a mask yesterday morning.
Police allege the man became aggressive and was escorted out of the building for safety. He allegedly fought the security guard, causing them both to fall to the ground.
While no injuries were reported, the man asked to be taken to Auburn Hospital, where he again refused to wear a mask. He was later fined $ 200 for the alleged crime.
Just before 9.30am yesterday morning, another man, 68, allegedly walked into a hardware store in Blacktown, west of Sydney, without a mask.
A security guard and a police officer at the scene told the man that he should wear a mask, but he refused and did not provide identification.
He was arrested and taken to the Blacktown Police Station so that officers could determine his identity, and subsequently fined $ 200 for the alleged public health violation.
Police were patrolling Glenfield train station in southwest Sydney yesterday afternoon when they approached a 54-year-old man who was not wearing a mask.
When asked why, the man allegedly told officers that the mask would not work because he had a beard.
Police did not consider this to be an appropriate excuse and the man was fined $ 200 for the crime.
On Tuesday afternoon, Transportation Command officers approached a man at the Blacktown train station, west of Sydney, who was not covering his face.
The man allegedly told police that he did not have a mask and had no intention of getting one. He was fined $ 200 for the alleged crime.
Yesterday morning, officers were patrolling the same place when they again found the man without a mask or face.
This time, the man allegedly cursed the officers and insisted that he “does not wear masks.”
Another $ 200 fine was imposed and he was given a transfer address from the train station.
Last night, police were patrolling trains at the airport and the southern line when they approached a 24-year-old man who was not wearing a mask.
When asked why, the man was another person who was supposedly under the impression that he was not required to wear a mask. They also fined him $ 200.
Police are urging people to comply with current public health orders and wear a mask when in public places and on public transportation.
Just yesterday, more than 50 people across Greater Sydney were warned not to use them.