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'Alleged idiots': Party house breaches lockdown directions – for the third time

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SA Police have broken up the third party at a Lightsview address since the lockdown began last week, arresting five people.

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In a statement today, SAPOL said officers were called last night to the home, adding it was “the third occasion that police have been called to this address for allegations of blatantly breaching the lockdown directions since they were put into place at 6pm on Tuesday 20 July”.

“Police received a report of loud music coming from the Waterford Circuit, Lightsview property about 11.30pm on Sunday 26 July,” the statement said.

“It was also reported that up to 12 people were at the house, in contravention of COVID-19 directions.”

Police said they had previously attended two similar disturbances on July 21 and 24 at the same address, both resulting in arrests and fines.

“Last night, police found 13 people at the address and made five arrests and issued eight fines,” the statement said.

Police Commissioner Grant Stevens said today that police had received information late yesterday in relation to a gathering at the address, but stopped short of calling the occupants “idiots”.

“Alleged idiots, at this point in time,” he said in response to a question from a reporter, adding it was frustrating “to see one particular group of people basically thumb their nose at everyone else”.

“We’ve taken a very low tolerance approach to these people who simply haven’t heeded the warnings they’ve been given,” he said.

“Everyone else who’s doing the right thing in SA should be really disappointed in the fact that some people think these rules don’t apply to them.”

A 24-year-old man from the address was arrested and charged with stating false details and breaching the Emergency Management Act, and was bailed to appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on 24 September.

Two other occupants, a 27-year-old man and a 21-year-old man, were issued with fines for breaching the Emergency Management Act.

A 29-year-old Torrensville woman and 18-year-old Fairview Park woman were arrested and charged with stating false details and breaching the Emergency Management Act, and will front court in September.

A 19-year-old Fairview Park woman was arrested and charged with breaching the Emergency Management Act, while a 24-year-old Salisbury North man was arrested and charged with hindering police and breaching the Emergency Management Act.

A further six people aged 18 to 24, who did not live at the address, were issued with expiation notices for breaching the Emergency Management Act and directed to go home.

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