9 News: Three arrested, police injured after party in Surry Hills
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Two police officers were injured overnight as they broke up a house party of more than 100 people in Surry Hills, far exceeding the COVID-safe 20-person maximum, police said.
Three people have been charged and two police officers injured after the officers responded to complaints about loud noise coming from a unit complex on Nobbs Street about 1am on Saturday.
Three people have been arrested after police attempted to shut down a large party of more than 100 people in Surry Hills apartment.
The officers from Surry Hills Police Area Command spoke to a man at the door and a female constable was pulled inside the unit, Surry Hills Police acting Inspector Jason France said.
Police used pepper spray on the revellers, who released the female constable before retreating into the unit and locking the door.
Police reinforcements were called in from Sydney City, Surry Hills and Kings Cross Police Area Command, as well as the public order and riot squad.
After initially refusing, the crowd eventually began leaving the unit.
A 19-year-old woman was treated by paramedics after reportedly having a panic attack. She was taken to St Vincent’s Hospital.
A female and a male police constable went with her – both suffering minor injuries. They have since left the hospital.
The three people arrested were taken to Surry Hills police station.
A 19-year-old woman was charged with refusing or failing to comply with direction and behaving in an offensive manner in or near a public place.
NSW Police and the riot squad used pepper spray to shut down a party in Surry Hills.
Another 19-year-old woman was charged with refusing or failing to comply with a direction and resisting or hindering a police officer in the execution of their duty.
A 24-year-old man was charged with resisting or hindering a police officer in the execution of their duty.
All three are due to appear at Downing Centre Local Court in January.
Police are investigating whether to enforce NSW’s Public Health Order banning more than 20 visitors in a private residence at any one time.
Every person inside a home with more than 20 visitors can be held individually responsible for a breach of the Public Health Order and risk fines of up to $11,000 or six months’ imprisonment or both.
The Guardian: Not Covid-safe: pepper spray and arrests as riot squad breaks up Sydney party
Two police officers were injured and three people arrested at Surry Hills party that broke NSW coronavirus restrictions
A NSW policewoman was dragged inside a Surry Hills building where more than 100 people were holding a party. Photograph: David Moir/AAPAustralian Associated PressSat 14 Nov 2020 13.23 AEDT
Two police officers have been hurt and three people arrested after a rowdy Sydney unit block party that broke New South Wales’s coronavirus restrictions.
Surry Hills officers were called to a complex in the suburb after complaints about loud noise about 1am on Saturday.
While speaking with one of the occupants at the door, a policewoman was dragged inside the building. Pepper spray was used to secure her release but the man retreated inside again and locked the door.
Back-up was called in from patrols at Sydney City, Surry Hills and Kings Cross as well as the riot squad. After refusals to reopen the door, more than 100 people agreed to leave the unit and were moved on. Under NSW’s coronavirus restrictions, up to 20 visitors may visit a household at any one time.
A 19-year-old woman was treated by paramedics after reportedly suffering a panic attack. She was taken to St Vincent’s hospital, along with a female and a male constable who suffered minor injuries. They have all since been released.
As a result of the incident, two 19-year-old women have been charged with refusing to comply with a police direction. One is also accused of offensive behaviour and the other of hindering police.
A 24-year-old man has been charged with resisting arrest.
The trio will appear in Sydney’s Downing Centre court on separate dates in January.
It is believed the party unit was a short-term rental.
Meanwhile, in the Northern Territory, three men spotted using a wheelie bin as a chariot in the Howard Springs quarantine facility have been fined.
A photo of two of the men pushing the third man in the bin was posted on social media. None of the men were wearing face masks, which is a requirement at the camp, police said on Friday.
The men were each fined $5,056 for breaching quarantine rules.
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