A man and his family have been busted allegedly trying to cross the border from Victoria into NSW without a permit.
The man was caught after police noticed a car bearing Victorian number plates attempting to drive into NSW via Carlyle Road in Corowa around 11.00am today.
“Officers from Murray River Police District spoke with the driver, who allegedly declared his intention to cross into NSW despite not having a valid exemption,” NSW police said.
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The 34-year-old Victorian man was arrested at the scene and taken to Albury Police Station, where he is currently assisting police with inquiries.
Police say the man’s wife and three children complied with the police direction and returned home to Victoria.
“The public is reminded it is an offence to enter NSW from Victoria without a valid exemption,” police warned.
Since the southern NSW border closed at midnight, more than 50,000 vehicles have crossed the border from Victoria into NSW after obtaining exemption permits.
It comes after New South Wales Premier Gladys Berejiklian today warned that the outbreak in Victoria could very easily spread to New South Wales.
“The probability of contagion in New South Wales, given what’s happening in Victoria, is extremely high,” Ms Berejiklian said.
“I am extremely concerned about what is happening in Victoria, the extent of community contagion is unlike anything we have seen in Australia.
“The probability that we need to be tougher on those border restrictions is extremely high,” she warned.
Victoria today recorded another 134 new cases of COVID-19, while NSW recorded eight new cases, including seven in hotel quarantine.