A police helicopter and the dog squad were called in to catch some 60 revellers who breached COVID-19 restrictions at a wild houseparty on Saturday.
NSW Police say they plan to fine 60 revellers who gathered at a home on Nottingham Street, Schofields, about 11.30pm after neighbours complained about the noise.
Inside the home officers discovered more than 60 people had gathered – triple the number of people permitted to gather under COVID-19 safety rules.
The first responding police unit called in assistance from five neighbouring commands, as well as the Police airwing, PolAir, a team from the Dog Unit, and OSG officers to manage the crowd – many of whom police said ‘were intoxicated’.
Police will fine 60 revellers caught found breaching COVID-19 gathering restrictions at a party (pictured) Nottingham Street, Schofields, on Saturday night
Police said pepper spay was used when a brawl broke out inside the home involving 15 of the party goers.
Three males were taken to Blacktown Hospital, two for minor injuries sustained in the brawl and a third for the effects of alcohol.
Thirty people were arrested after refusing to leave, and 15 were taken to Riverstone Police Station, police said.
Those 30 people will also be issued with a separate TINS for failing to comply with a move-on direction.
Police also intend to issue up to 60 people with COVID-19-related Penalty Infringement Notices of $1000.
Police have been told the house had been booked via an online rental company.
Inquiries are continuing and anyone with information about the incident has been urged to contact Crime Stoppers.
Under the COVID-19 Public Health Order, only 20 people are allowed to gather in a group outdoors and there is a 20-person limit on home visitors.
NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller warned at a press conference this week (pictured) officers will be cracking down on those caught breaching COVID-19 safety regulations
The incident comes after NSW Police Commissioner Mick Fuller pledged to crackdown on those breaking the rules, in a bid to prevent a second wave of COVID-19 spreading through the state.
The police boss said those caught flouting restrictions would no longer be let off with warnings, as authorities desperately scramble to avoid a Victorian-style crises.
‘We have done our best to work with the community, as we always do, but I am not going to let NSW slip backwards because of selfish people,’ he said on Wednesday.
‘While I have been asking police to work with the community and show a high level of discretion, that time is over now. I am saying to police: have the confidence, take the action.’
Last week, police were forced to shutdown several parties across the city’s eastern suburbs with hundreds of revellers.
Although attendees were caught breaching restrictions, people were moved on and no fines were issued.
A large crowd of revellers were filmed congregating in Sydney’s eastern suburbs at a party last weekend
Source: Daily Mail AU