A WOMAN has been charged by police after allegedly refusing to wear a mask at Helensburgh Railway Station.
Wollongong Police Transport Command officers were patrolling a train travelling between Thirroul and Helensburgh, when they observed a woman not wearing a mask about 2.50pm on Thursday.
Police allege the 47-year-old woman refused to answer questions or provide police with identification. She was issued a move-on direction at Helensburgh Railway Station and provided with a mask. It’s further alleged the woman returned to the train platform minutes later, and again refused to wear a mask or provide police with any form of identification.
The Earlwood woman was arrested and taken to Wollongong Police Station, where she was charged with fail to wear fitted face covering on public transport, interfere with comfort and safety of others, not state name and address to authorised officer, and fail to comply with request to leave restricted area. She was granted bail to appear at Wollongong Local Court on Thursday January 28. Police continue to appeal to the community to report suspected breaches of any ministerial direction or behaviour which may impact on the health and safety of the community.
Anyone with information regarding individuals or businesses in contravention of COVID-19-related ministerial directions is urged to call Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or visit the website.
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