Raucous party ‘put whole state at risk’

 

A NSW MP says a raucous house party in Sydney's northwest, which has led to more than $60,ooo in fines for breaching coronavirus rules, has "put the whole state at risk".

A helicopter, the dog squad and numerous police units were called to the party in Schofields on Saturday night where revellers were hit with capsicum spray.

NSW Transport Minister Andrew Constance slammed the party on Sunday as "shameful", adding the people in attendance had shown no respect for the community.

More than 20 riot police, offices with dog handlers and a helicopter police took two hours to break up a party of more than 60 revellers resulting in fines of $60,000 for flouting COVID-19 restrictions at a house in Schofields, northwest Sydney.
More than 20 riot police, offices with dog handlers and a helicopter police took two hours to break up a party of more than 60 revellers resulting in fines of $60,000 for flouting COVID-19 restrictions at a house in Schofields, northwest Sydney.


"My message to those people is think about what you've just done," he told reporters.

"You've just put the whole state at risk.

"This is not a time to party. We are at a very difficult circumstance, as a nation, as a state, and I'd just ask everybody - just cool your jets for a while."

"The advice is there to keep us safe.
"Everybody needs to play their role; those people last night didn't do that."

Police now expect to hand out 60 fines for breaching COVID-19 restrictions.

Officers responded to complaints about a noisy house party in Schofields at 11.30pm on Saturday.

After discovering more than 60 partygoers in attendance, they sought help from five neighbouring police units, as well as a helicopter, the dog squad and officers trained in riot response.

Police deployed capsicum spray after a brawl broke out between 15 people in the house, police said Sunday morning. Three men were taken to Blacktown Hospital, two of them suffering minor injuries from the fight and a third needing treatment for alcohol consumption.

Police arrested 30 people for failing to move on, and took 15 of them to the Riverstone Police Station.

Now, police intend to issue up to 60 people at the party with $1000 COVID-19 fines, and the 30 arrested will also face fines for refusing to leave when asked by police.

A week ago, police were called to house parties in the eastern suburbs Sydney of Bondi. People were moved on, but no fines were issued.

NSW public health restrictions limit the number of visitors to a house at any one time to 20. There is also a cap of 20 people on public outdoor gatherings.

On Saturday, NSW announced 15 new cases of the virus. Five of them are linked to the Crossroads Hotel cluster, bringing it to a total of 45 cases.

Originally published as Raucous party 'put whole state at risk'



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