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Police use pepper spray to shut down party over violation of Covid-19 rules

SYDNEY, Australia: A riot squad used pepper spray to shut down a party of more than 100 people over violation of Covid-19 rules in Sydney in the early hours of Saturday.

Two NSW Police officers were injured as they tried to stop the gathering in Sydney’s Eastern Suburbs for violating coronavirus rules.

Police were called to a unit block on Nobbs Street in Surry Hills at 1:00 am after noise complaints and found an apartment in the complex full of people.

While speaking with a man at the door, a female officer was pulled inside the unit, police said.

Pepper spray was used, and the occupants let the officer go, before locking the door.

Reinforcements, including the riot squad, were called.

Police said the unit was rented out for the night or weekend and it was not owners or residents who organised the party.

The female constable who was allegedly dragged into the apartment and a male officer were also taken to the same hospital with minor injuries and have since been released.

Three people, two women aged 19, and a 24-year-old man, were arrested and taken to Surry Hills Police Station.

They’re expected to appear in court in January next year.

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.

A photo of two of the men pushing the third man in the bin was posted on social media. None of the men was 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.

Meanwhile, in the Northern Territory, three men spotted using a wheelie bin as a chariot in the Howard Springs quarantine facility have been fined.

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