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Four arrested over alleged SA border breach


One Victorian and three people from New South Wales have been arrested after they allegedly crossed the South Australian border without exemptions.

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SA Police stopped the group’s car on a dirt road near Loxton at about 5.30pm on Wednesday.

One man in the car – a 34-year-old man from NSW – was immediately arrested after he allegedly admitted to having been in a restricted area.

He was charged with breaching South Australia’s Emergency Management Act and faced court yesterday.

The three others – a 50-year-old Victorian woman, a 31-year-old NSW woman and a 32-year-old NSW man –  allegedly all gave different accounts of where they had been in the 24 hours prior to being stopped.

They were taken to a medi-hotel while police investigated, before being arrested yesterday and charged with breaching the Emergency Management Act.

The trio were refused police bail and will appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court today.

Meanwhile, a South Australian social worker has been reprimanded by the Health and Community Services Complaints Commissioner after she sent emails making false claims about COVID-19 vaccines.

Commissioner Grant Davies issued an interim prohibition order against Matilda Bawden after receiving a complaint about the emails.

The order lasts for 12 weeks and prevents Bawden from providing health services in respect to the education or provision of information relating to COVID-19 vaccines.

“This is the third interim prohibition order we’ve issued about false COVID vaccine information provided by unregistered health care workers recently,” Davies said.

“As I have always stated, my primary concern is the safety of members of the South Australian public and therefore, I have decided to investigate this matter as I am concerned about what Ms Bawden has expressed in her emails.

“The Code applies to all unregistered health services, including social workers.”

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