Man headbutts, spits on Police officer after ignoring Sydney beach closure

A man has been charged with allegedly headbutting and spitting on Police after being ordered off a beach in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.

The man and woman were at Maroubra beach on Monday morning with lifeguards forced to remind them that the beach was off-limits.

The pair allegedly hurled abuse at the lifeguards who then called Police.

The man and woman were spotted a short time later on Mons Avenue where officers tried to arrest the man.

He allegedly headbutted and spat on a female sergeant, leaving her with a cut lip and swelling to her head.

Other Police rushed to the scene, arresting both the man and woman after a short struggle.

The 29-year-old man was charged with assault police occasioning actual bodily harm, resist arrest, offensive behaviour and fail to comply with terms of notice erected by council.

He was due in court on Tuesday.

The 19-year-old woman was issued with an infringement notice for offensive behaviour and fail to comply with terms of notice erected by council.

Police Minister David Elliott has slammed the behaviour of some people towards Police.

“I’ve had a gutful of people abusing, harassing and assaulting our hardworking police officers who put their own safety on the line every day to protect the very people who attack them,” Minister Elliott said.

“If you choose to ignore a direction from police – one that is in place to save lives – then you can expect to be issued with a hefty fine or jail time.”

NSW’s devastating bushfire season ends

The devastating bushfire season in NSW has officially ended with more than five million hectares of land burnt across the state.

NSW Rural Fire Service Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons described the recent bushfire season – which for some areas started in August last year – as the most devastating in the state’s history.

He said it was unprecedented in terms of the conditions experienced and the loss of lives and property.

Fire crews responded to more than 11,400 bush and grass fires that have burnt more than 5.5 million hectares and destroyed 2448 homes. More than 14,400 homes were saved.

Between August and the official end of the bushfire period on Tuesday there were six days where areas across NSW recorded catastrophic fire weather conditions, NSW RFS said.

Three NSW RFS volunteers and three aerial firefighters from the United States were among the 25 people who died during the summer’s bushfires.

“Our thoughts will forever be with the families and loved ones of all those who lost their lives,” Mr Fitzsimmons said in a statement on Tuesday.

“Their loss has been felt deeply and we honour the sacrifice they made to selflessly protect communities across NSW.”

Mr Fitzsimmons said all emergency services personnel, especially NSW RFS members, spent time away from their families, jobs and loved ones with about 2500 firefighters in the field at the height of the season.

“Time and time again, we’ve heard from affected areas how the incredible work of firefighters on the ground, backed up by the crews in the air, have helped save people and property,” he said.

The fire chief noted the next bushfire season will begin in “only a matter of months” and urged residents to keep their properties prepared and have their bushfire survival plans up to date.

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‘Act like you have it’: NSW Premier says community transmission is the focus

NSW Authorities are pleading with residents to just pretend they have the virus, in order to reduce community spread.

Overnight, another 114 cases were identified, bringing the state wide total 2032.

To date, there have been eight deaths across the state, currently 164 cases are being treated, including 35 in intensive care, with 16 requiring ventilators.

But Premier Gladys Berejiklian says these aren’t the number to be focusing on right now.

“Whilst the number of cases have stabilised there’s a number of reasons for that, and what’s of concern to all of us is that unknown.

“That level of community to community transmission that you might not pick up because people don’t have the symptoms.

“And that’s the real threat, people walking around without symptoms not realising they have the disease.

“That’s why its really important for everybody to assume they have it, and act like they have it,” Premier Berejiklian said this morning.

The state’s Chief Health Officer Kerry Chant says NSW Health will be ramping up testing in those areas that have seen community transfer breakouts, including in Bondi.

“It’s pleasing to see a decline, but we need to remain cautious, we have seen a decline in testing numbers.

“Hence today, I’m really urging that we increase the testing, particularly in areas where there’s community transmission, or around clusters and that’s really to assure ourselves that we have identified as many cases as possible in the community.

“It’s important to know that case detection, us finding those cases early, and then isolating cases and quarantining – that’s putting into isolation those cases around that confirmed case – are important strategies for preventing onward transmission in the community.

“And this important public health measure complements the social distancing strategies that the government has put in place.

“But the contract tracing by identifying these cases early in the community and identifying contacts is an important public health measure that we will need to continue with throughout this pandemic, as the community spread occurs,” Doctor Chant said.

Arrest Man

Man facing jail time after breaking self-isolation order four times

A man will face court today, charged with breaching isolation orders multiple times over the past couple of weeks.

The 30-year-old arrived at Sydney International Airport from Jordan on March 18, where he was advised to self-isolate for a 14 day period.

On Saturday March 20, he was arrested at Edensor Park for an outstanding warrant and granted court bail which included a condition that he obey the isolation orders.

He was then stopped out and about on Banksia Street in Pagewood on March 28 and slapped with a $1,000 fine for failing to comply with a Health directive.

Later that same say he was found on Pitt Street in the CBD where he was arrested and later charged for breach of bail and non-compliance.

The man was then directed to isolate at a serviced apartment at Camperdown, due to his failure to self-isolate at home.

He was taken there yesterday, before he was arrested again for attempting to leave.

The man was taken to Sydney City Police Station and charged with not complying with Public Health Order under the Public Health Act 2010 (NSW). He was refused bail and will appear in Central Local Court today.

Minister for Police and Emergency Services, David Elliott, says some people are just not getting the severity of the situation.

“This repeat offender’s reckless and selfish behaviour could have dangerous consequences to the community at large at a time when the vast majority are united to protect lives.

“I commend police on their continued efforts to ensure those who breach self-isolation directions face the full force of the law.

“This includes an on-the-spot fine of $1000 for individuals, and a maximum $11000 fine and six months imprisonment where a Court Attendance Notice is issued,” Minister Elliott said.

Anyone who has information regarding individuals or businesses in contravention of a COVID-19-related ministerial direction is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.

The number of confirmed cases in NSW is stabilising

The number of confirmed cases in New South Wales has seen a daily decline, in some early good news for the state.

It comes after the Prime Minister Scott Morrison and health officials announced that Australia was starting to see the flattening of the curve in diagnosed cases, following the implementation of strict social distancing measures.

The NSW Chief Health Officer Doctor Kerry Chant has confirmed that overnight the state only recorded another 127 cases, down from 174 the day before and 212 the day before that.

She says it’s a good sign, though day to day numbers could still change.

“So whilst it is pleasing that we’ve seen a stabilisation in case numbers, its important to know that they can vary and jump around day to day, based on testing numbers.

“So whilst pleased, we need to be cautious, and it is the long term trend in that data that’s going to be important,” Doctor Chant said.

Of the numbers, 1185 cases are overseas travellers, 376 are locally acquired through contact with overseas travellers.

228 cases were locally acquired though aren’t linked to overseas travellers, and therefor have come from community transmission.

This is the number that authorities are trying to contain.

It comes as the federal government announces further lock down measures to try and limit the spread of the virus, and flatten the curve.

NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian says she’s confident people will be able to adjust to the measures.

“I know once everybody has absorbed these changes, once everyone has worked out what works for them, we’ll all adjust, and we’ll all think of innovative ways to get through this as best we can.

“I’m still optimistic about our capacity to adjust, our capacity to support one another.

“Who would’ve known that a phone call or a text message can have so much more significance today than it used to before.

“Those little things matter, those little touches matter, and I know that once we bed down what we’ve announced in the last few days, that the community will feel a bit better about moving forward, and a bit better about what the future looks like over the next few months,” Premier Berejiklian said.

Read about the latest lock down measures here.