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Victoria Police enforce Melbourne coronavirus restriction lockdown

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A Melbourne couple have tried to breach a police checkpoint, four sex workers have been fined and 16 people were caught at a birthday party as police clamp down on coronavirus enforcement.Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Shane Patton revealed officers had issued more than 60 infringements in the first 24 hours since stage three restrictions were reintroduced in Melbourne and the Mitchell Shire.
The 16 partygoers were fined after paramedics, who were getting something to eat at KFC, spotted two people picking up about 20 meals at 1.30am on Friday.
They got the car’s registration number and police went to the Dandenong town house where they found 16 people at a birthday party hiding in the backyard, garage and under beds.
“That is ridiculous that type of behaviour,” Mr Patton said.
“It is an expensive night when you think we have issued 16 infringements … that is $26,000 that birthday party is costing them. That is a heck of a birthday party to recall, they will remember that one for a long time.”
Mr Patton said four sex workers were also fined $1652 each after Crime Stoppers received a report of a large amount of men visiting an apartment in Glen Waverley.
Then a Docklands couple tried to get through a vehicle checkpoint at Lang Lang at 1.30am on Friday morning but they were refused and turned around.
Mr Patton said the couple then drove through the Melbourne metropolitan boundary at Longwarry a short time later trying to get to a holiday house at Phillip Island but were again caught by police and given fines.
“If the public don’t comply, we will continue to ramp up our infringements issued, it is as simple as that,” Mr Patton said.
“This type of blatant obvious deliberate disregard for the chief health officer‘s guidelines we will be enforcing and we will continue to do that.”
Another 10 people were also fined when police found them at an apartment on La Trobe St, Docklands following a noise complaint, with five of them also arrested for criminal damage, assault and breach of bail offences.
Premier Daniel Andrews said while many people were doing the right thing, there were some “stunning examples” of people doing the wrong thing.
Police have so far intercepted more than 5500 vehicles at seven strategic checkpoints on the urban boundary, with 12 people without a valid reason to be out issued fines.
Mr Patton said some of the behaviour was “totally unacceptable”.
“When we hear the terminology every police vehicle is a booze bus, every police vehicle is involved in COVID-19 enforcement and that is happening right across the state and it will continue,” he said.
“There were a range of issues as well over the city last night where there were parties we were called to, people who were drunk and out and about – I expect to see those infringements numbers rise from those parties and things like that.
“It’s finished, the time for that is done and we will continue to issue the infringements to make people comply.”
Mr Patton said 30 Australian Defence Force personnel were already on the ground and another 130 would be joining police tomorrow to assist at vehicle checkpoints, with logistics and other planning.
It comes after police were out in force on the first day of Melbourne’s coronavirus lockdown pulling over cars and checking personal details.
Multiple booze bus-style checkpoints were set up across Melbourne, including on the Calder Freeway near Gisborne, with officers also using automatic number-plate recognition technology to check drivers.
More than 1000 police and defence force personnel have been deployed to patrol Melbourne’s streets after the city of five million people returned to stage three restrictions on Thursday.
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