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Partying a concern for police as 40 infringements handed out to people attending massage parlours



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Police in Victoria have issued 40 infringement notices to people visiting massage parlours or sex work premises.Victoria Police deputy commissioner Rick Nugent also revealed people had been discovered at a house party and found hiding in cupboards as people continue to breach lockdown rules.
A party at a short-term rental in Melbourne’s CBD was responsible for more than 30 COVID-19 lockdown breaches.
Deputy commissioner Nugent told reporters police were called to the La Trobe St, Docklands premises last Thursday night due to a noise complaint.
He said up to ten people were fined, but police were then forced to revisit the site when the party continued, with a further 24 infringements issued.
The owner of the short-term rental was also fined for allowing the party to happen.
In the past 24 hours police have fined 63 individuals for breaching the Chief Health Officer’s directions
Twenty-one of the infringements were issued at vehicle checkpoints.
Yesterday up to ten people had gathered on stools in a Wavell St, Bentleigh driveway.
The group was seated around a gas heater and drinking alcohol.
They told police if they maintained 1.5m distance, they were able to gather in the street.
One of the males on scene had travelled from Brighton.
Four people who live in different areas including Cranbourne, Collingwood and Cranbourne North were gathered at a private residence in Alphington.
When asked by police for their reason for being there, they stated they were there to charge their phone.
Another fine was issued to a Melburnian who refused to leave a KFC eatery, even when requested by police.
Two friends were also caught in a vehicle together “playing Pokemon”, while 40 infringements have been handed out to people trying to attend massage parlours.
It comes after four Victorians were busted allegedly stowing away on an interstate freight train en route to Perth at the Adelaide Freight Terminal yesterday.
The train had departed Melbourne about 10.30pm on Monday night.
It stopped at the Adelaide Freight Terminal at Regency Park on Tuesday morning about 9.30am where they were spotted.
Patrols searched the train yard with police dogs and located the four men, aged 22, 26, 29 and 29, believed to be from Victoria.
They were arrested and charged with breaching COVID directions.

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