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Neighbours dobbing on virus rule-breakers

Hundreds of people have been dobbing in their neighbours for flouting coronavirus restrictions, with NSW Police receiving about 600 calls in just two days.

Before police were given the power to hand out on-the-spot fines, Crime Stoppers had received 200 calls about people ignoring restrictions, according to NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller.

“Since then, that has gone up to 800, (with) 600 calls in two days,” he said.

Individuals can be fined $1000 for breaching public health orders or ministerial directions, while businesses can be fined $5000.

Among those who have been fined already are staff from a Sydney massage parlour, and a 65-year-old woman from Lake Macquarie.

“What’s disappointing is this lady had a caution on Monday to self-isolate, yesterday she was found walking around the streets – $1000 fine,” Mr Fuller said.

Police also fined a man $1000 on Friday for failing to follow self-isolation directions.

The 64-year-old man arrived at Sydney International Airport from Thailand on Monday and was told he was required to quarantine for 14 days, NSW Police said in a statement.

Officers then received information the man planned to breach the order, and attended a home in North Bourke, in the state’s northwest, about 1.25pm on Friday.

They advised the man to not leave the property, but at about 3.55pm police were told the man had left his home to visit the Bourke CBD.

The man was found in Bourke and advised to return home immediately as he was breaching the order.

About 4.50pm officers returned to the man’s home and issued him with a $1000 infringement notice.


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