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NSW Police Commissioner reveals extraordinary details about fines issued over coronavirus breaches

Two men sunbaking in the NUDE were spooked by a DEER, got lost in the BUSH and were fined $1,000… The mishaps that saw 44 Aussies fined for flouting stay-at-home orders

  • NSW Police issued 44 infringement notices over public health order breaches
  • Include two men who became lost in bushland after they were startled by a deer
  • Police Commissioner vowed to ramp up crackdown on stay at home breaches  

Two ‘idiots’ who got lost in the bush after being startled by a deer while sunbaking naked are among dozens fined by police for breaching coronavirus restrictions.

NSW Police handed out 44 infringements notices for public health order breaches on Sunday as the state battles to control a fresh outbreak which has plunged Sydney and surrounding regions into lockdown.

They included a café owner in Wollongong, a western Sydney man fleeing the city and two men who had to be rescued from Royal National Park at Otford south of Sydney after they got lost in bushland after being startled by a deer while sunbaking at a remote beach.

Emergency services launched a widespread search after the men raised the alarm late Sunday afternoon.

NSW Police have ramped up their crackdown on coronavirus restriction breaches. Pictured are officers speaking to Sydneysiders at Bondi Beach on Sunday

Police said one man, 30, was allegedly found naked and carrying a backpack on the walking track before the other man, 49, was found partially clothed a short time later.

They were each fined $1000 for breaching the public health order which prohibiting Sydneysiders from travelling outside the region, sparking anger from NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller.

‘It’s difficult to legislate against idiots,’ he told reporters on Monday.

‘Putting people at risk by leaving home without a proper reason and then not only on top of that, but then getting lost in the national park and diverting important resources away from the health operation, I think they should be embarrassed.’

A man 33. from Ermington in western Sydney was also fined and ordered to return home in after patrol officers stopped his vehicle on the Hume Highway at Goulburn, 200 kilometres away from home.

A Shellharbour cafe owner from the Illawarra region south of Sydney has been charged after being found allegedly breaching the public health order. 

Commissioner Fuller issued a dire warning to anyone who continues to flout public health orders after police issued dozens of move along orders at beaches in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.

NSW Police issued 44 infringement notices on Sunday. Pictured are officers speaking to Sydneysiders in Parramatta on Sunday

NSW Police issued 44 infringement notices on Sunday. Pictured are officers speaking to Sydneysiders in Parramatta on Sunday

Pictured: Police are seen speaking with a woman sat on a wall enjoying a drink at Bondi Beach on Sunday

Pictured: Police are seen speaking with a woman sat on a wall enjoying a drink at Bondi Beach on Sunday

A spate of $200 fines were issued for not wearing mandatory masks.

It comes after thousands of locked-down Sydneysiders flocked to beaches and parks on Sunday as they endured their first day of full, city-wide lockdown.

Police, who were out in force as the stay-at-home orders came into effect, were far from happy with what some residents claimed to be ‘essential exercise’.

At Bondi Beach, the epicentre of the current Covid-19 outbreak, revellers were pictured with drinks in hand relaxing on the sand and nearby patches of grass.

Others were seen sprawled out on park benches lapping up the winter sunshine, while some kicked soccer balls and played volleyball on a day NSW recorded 30 new cases.

NSW recorded another 18 cases on Monday as police urged the community to continue reporting suspected breaches of public health orders.

‘It’s only a small percentage of the NSW people that are not following the health guidelines, but I can assure you, if you breach the health orders or the guidelines, you will be punished,’ Commissioner Fuller warned.

‘Police continue to patrol and we are out in the same numbers protecting the people of NSW.’ 

Pictured: A police officer at Bondi Beach is seen speaking to three men who are gathered around a picnic table on Sunday

Pictured: A police officer at Bondi Beach is seen speaking to three men who are gathered around a picnic table on Sunday

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