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Newcastle police have warned people flouting stay-at-home rules that "plenty" of others in the community are keen to dob them in.
Officers raided a gathering of about 40 Hunter car "enthusiasts" who met on a secluded National Parks road in Stockrington Conservation Area on Saturday afternoon to do burnouts.
The police handed out 19 $1000 fines for breaching a coronavirus public health order and $300 fines for entering a closed national park.
About 20 other people at the rally escaped into the bush, but Acting Senior Sergeant Matt Rees said police had "fairly clear" in-car video of their number plates.
Police found a nine-year-old child and two 18-month-old babies at the burnout rally. The adults present were aged from 18 to 36.
"Why you would think it was a good idea to meet and conduct burnouts, anyway, has got me beat," Senior Sergeant Rees said.
"But in the current climate ... clearly, meeting to do burnouts and street racing is not essential travel.
"Members of the public, there's plenty of them out there keen to tell us when this sort of thing's happening, especially now.
"If you're going to meet with 40 cars to do burnouts, we're going to know about it."
Other weekend incidents which attracted virus-related fines included a 47-year-old woman who was found wandering Hunter Street on Saturday night and reportedly mooning the light rail.
She twice spat at a female paramedic while being loaded onto a gurney and will receive a $5000 fine under new anti-spitting laws.
A 24-year-old received a $1000 fine on Friday night after being found inside a relative's Toronto house drinking in a room with his brother.
A 34-year-old from Sydney was fined after reports a group of about 30 anglers at Eraring were not observing social distancing rules.
The man refused to stop fishing and return home was fined $1000 in line with laws governing non-essential travel.
A 40-year-old woman was fined $1000 after being found acting suspiciously in Hugh Street, Merewether, on Friday night, and a 24-year-old man was fined in Brown Road, Broadmeadow, after failing to provide a lawful reason for travelling from Nelson Bay.
This article first appeared on www.newcastleherald.com.au
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