Multiple arrests; PINs to be issued over unauthorised protest activity across NSW

Tuesday, 31 August 2021 02:06:46 PM

Numerous police operations have been conducted in response to planned unauthorised protest activity across NSW this morning.

Acting on information and intelligence, the NSW Police Force deployed officers this morning (Tuesday 31 August 2021) to conduct high-visibility patrols today of various sites expected to be targeted by unauthorised protests, including NSW Parliament House and local council chambers.

General Duties officers from across NSW were supported by the Public Order and Riot Squad, Operations Support Group, Traffic and Highway Patrol Command, Police Transport Command, the Dog and Mounted Unit, and other specialist units.

In total, police responded to 69 unauthorised protests, which included eight in Central Metropolitan Region, nine in North West Metropolitan Region, 11 in South West Metropolitan Region, 24 in Northern Region, 13 in Southern Region, and four in Western Region.

Information about arrests and Penalty Infringement Notices is continuing to be collated, however, as at 1pm, a total of 135 people have been arrested and taken to local police stations.

Further, police have issued or advised they will issue 436 PINs for breaches of the public health orders.

Anyone who has information regarding individuals or businesses in contravention of a COVID-19-related ministerial direction is urged to contact Crime Stoppers: https://nsw.crimestoppers.com.au. Information is treated in strict confidence. The public is reminded not to report crime via NSW Police social media pages.