Two people who have allegedly tried to avoid coronavirus restrictions at the Queensland border have been caught riding in the back of a truck in Gympie. Picture: NIGEL HALLETT
Two people who have allegedly tried to avoid coronavirus restrictions at the Queensland border have been caught riding in the back of a truck in Gympie. Picture: NIGEL HALLETT

Woman caught in Gympie in alleged COVID breach

POLICE have confirmed a 51-year-old woman will face court for allegedly breaching COVID-19 border directions after she was found at a Gympie address this morning.

The Queensland Police Service released more information on the alleged breach this afternoon after Deputy Premier Steven Miles made an initial announcement at a news conference earlier today. 

"Officers from Taskforce Sierra Linnet reviewed a Queensland Border Declaration of a 51-year-old woman who declared that she was travelling from Victoria for essential work purposes," a QPS media release stated. 

"Police attended a Gympie address this morning at 11am and spoke with the woman and further investigations revealed that her purpose of travel was untrue. 

"The woman was issued a Notice to Appear at Gympie Magistrates Court on November 30, for Fail to Comply with COVID-19 Border Direction - CHO Untrue Info s. 362D).

"The woman was transported into hotel quarantine where she remains. 
"Investigations into the matter are continuing. 

"The Queensland Police Service consistently reviews Queensland Border Declarations to ensure accurate and reliable information has been provided."

Police said no further information was available at this time.

Mr Miles had previously said two alleged border jumpers had been caught by police.  

 

EARLIER

Two alleged Queensland border jumpers have reportedly been caught by police hiding in the back of a truck in Gympie in an effort to dodge COVID-19 restrictions.

Queensland Deputy Premier Steven Miles announced the pair had been caught, at today's press gathering.

"Police are investigating an incident where it appears that two people have attempted to stow away in the back of a truck," Mr Miles said.

"Those people will be charged for breaching the COVID travel restrictions, and it should send a message to everyone … that police are checking vehicles and they will be caught.

The border reopened last month, with heavy police checks. Picture: NIGEL HALLETT
The border reopened last month, with heavy police checks. Picture: NIGEL HALLETT

 

"I understand that police will issue a more detailed statement later in the day when there's more information to hand.

"But this issue was identified in Gympie, that there were two people who snuck across the border."

The borders have been heavily regulated by police since reopening.

Queensland Police will comment later today.

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