Drug lab found at Netley

Source: South Australia Police

Police are investigating after a drug lab was discovered at Netley yesterday.

Just before 5.30pm on Friday 14 August, police attended a home at Ansett Avenue following a call to check on the welfare of the occupant.

When patrols arrived, they found the front door of the home open. Officers entered but could not locate anyone inside.

Upon searching the home, officers located chemicals and glassware in one of the rooms believed to be a clan lab.

Detectives from Drug and Organised Crime Task Force are processing the scene today.

Investigations are continuing.

Anyone with information on the sale, supply, manufacture or distribution of illicit drugs is asked to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000. You can remain anonymous.

Replacement for stolen scooter at Para Hills

Source: South Australia Police

Police are investigating the callous theft of a mobility scooter from Para Hills, but are pleased the victim has been given a replacement scooter.

The victim, 78, is a Vietnam veteran who lost his legs in a military incident in the service of our country and is heavily reliant on a mobility scooter for his independence.

Between 3pm on Wednesday 12 August and 8am Thursday 13 August, his red Pide electric mobility scooter was stolen from his open carport at Para Hills.

Police visited the victim yesterday to follow up on the theft and, on finding out more details about his situation, contacted Jesse Bird Welfare Centre at Salisbury who arranged for an immediate replacement.

The brand new mobility scooter was delivered this morning and police were delighted to be invited to witness the significant delivery.

The investigation into the theft of the red Pide scooter is ongoing and anyone with information is urged to contact Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at www.crimestopperssa.com.au

Arrest after clan lab found at Parkside

Source: South Australia Police

Police will continue to process and dismantle a clandestine laboratory at Parkside today after it was discovered by detectives yesterday.

On Thursday 13 August, Serious and Organised Crime Branch detectives searched a shed in Parkside and allegedly located chemicals and glassware constituting a clandestine laboratory.

A 57-year-old man from the address was arrested and charged with manufacturing a controlled drug, possessing prescribed equipment to manufacture a controlled drug and possessing a prohibited weapon.

He was bailed to appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court on 30 September.

“The manufacture of controlled drugs poses a significant danger to the community, offenders, emergency services and the detectives who dismantle the clandestine laboratories.  Serious and Organised Crime Branch continue to target those involved in the manufacturing of drugs and this arrest should serve as a warning to them,” said Detective Chief Inspector Denise Gray.

Anyone with information on the manufacture, sale or supply of illicit drugs can report it anonymously to police via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at www.crimestopperssa.com.au

Man arrested over city damage

Source: South Australia Police

A man will face court after he damaged two shops and two cars in the city last night.

Just after 5pm, on Thursday 14 August,  Eastern Adelaide patrols responded to several calls from members of the public about a man waving a stick around and smashing cars and damaging business premises.

On arrival police located two cars an Audi and a VW Golf that had been damaged, one a front grill had been ripped off and the badges from both cars had been pulled off.  The man also had allegedly ripped the door off a cafe in Wright Street and smashed a glass door at a restaurant near the corner of West Terrace.

Police patrols searched the area located a 34-year-old man in Whitmore Square who fitted the description of the suspect.

The man of no fixed place was arrested and charged with four counts property damage, he has been refused police bail and will appear in the Adelaide Magistrates Court later today.

Updated COVID-19 Directions 2020- Public Activity No 7

Source: South Australia Police

An update has been made to public activity restrictions in South Australia.

The Emergency Management (Public Activities No 6) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 has been revoked and replaced by the Emergency Management (Public Activities No 7) (COVID-19) Direction 2020. This new Direction comes into effect as of 0001 Friday 14 August 2020.

The new Direction provides an update to the restrictions currently in place for gatherings across South Australia and introduces the requirement of a COVID Marshal.

A gathering of 20 people at a residential premises (includes short term rental and houseboats) is a permitted gathering, providing that there are no more than 10 visitors (people who do not reside at the premises) at any one time. E.g. 6 people reside at the house which means 10 other people can visit, with a total of 16 people.

Gatherings at a private place (not a public place or residential premises) are now restricted to no more than 100 people regardless of whether they are indoor or outdoor. A private place may include a hall or a farm.

As of the 21 August 2020 a COVID Marshal is a person who must supervise prescribed operations.

A COVID Marshal must:

  • Be 18 years of age or more;
  • Complete the required training and keep records of the training to provide to an authorised officer on request; and
  • Take reasonable steps to visually identify as a COVID Marshal.

A COVID Marshal is required to:

  • Promote and take practical steps to ensure infection control practices (e.g. frequent handwashing) are followed by people involved in the operations (patrons, employees and contractors);
  • Promote and take practical steps to ensure people participating in the operations are complying with density requirements, physical distancing principle;
  • Must ensure that all COVID Safe Plans and COVID Management Plans (where relevant) or specific polices/protocols in relation to the prevention of coronavirus are effectively implemented and monitored;
  • Ensure the environment is appropriately established and there is sufficient seating, hand washing facilities and cleaning regimes; and
  • Be present supervising prescribed operations at all times (except with respect to 24 hour sites where staff are not always present, at all times of high patronage).

A COVID Marshal is required for the following prescribed operations:

  • The onsite purchase and consumption of food or beverages (indoor and outdoor);
  • Ceremonies;
  • Supermarkets;
  • Hardware stores;
  • Distribution centres (including associated transport operations);
  • Gymnasiums and fitness centres;
  • Swimming pools used by the public;
  • Social and sporting clubs;
  • Any activity where a COVID Management Plan is required; and
  • Any operation which may be defined by the state coordinator.

If more than 200 people are expected to be present at an prescribed operation a COVID Marshal who is supervising must have no other duties. You can have more than one prescribed COVID Marshal.

Where the place is used by different people it is the responsibility of the owner or person with care/control/management of the place to ensure that it is supervised by a COVID Marshal.

It is acknowledged that many restrictions still apply, but they are critical in dealing with the spread of COVID-19.

All existing directions, frequently asked questions and other information can be found here: https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/emergency-declarations

If you require further information you can call the SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787 between the hours of 9am to 5pm 7 days per week or go to the SA Health website at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au or www.sa.gov.au/covid-19

Updated COVID-19 Directions 2020- Cross Border Travel No 11

Source: South Australia Police

An update has been made to the Cross Border Travel restrictions in South Australia.

The Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 10) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 has been revoked and replaced by the Emergency Management (Cross Border Travel No 11) (COVID-19) Direction 2020. This new Direction comes into effect as of 0001 Friday 14 August 2020.

The new Direction provides an update to the restrictions currently in place for cross border travellers into and out of South Australia, COVID-19 testing requirements and updates to several Essential Traveller categories.

COVID-19 Testing Requirements
Changes have been made to allow the following essential traveller categories to specify that they must have a COVID-19 test within the last 7 days and must produce evidence to an authorised officer if requested:

  • Emergency service workers;
  • Commercial transport and freight;
  • Remote or isolated workers;
  • Cross border community members;
  • Seasonal workers in an essential sector; and
  • Passing through.

All other Essential Travellers are still required to get tested on day one and twelve.

Cross Border Community Member Essential TravellersAs of 12:01am 21 August 2020, Cross Border Community Members that travel to or from Victoria are no longer permitted unless for the following reasons:

  • They are undertaking year 11 or year 12 high school education in South Australia; or
  • They are undertaking agricultural/primary industry work at a location in Victoria which is situated at or near the South Australian border and that is accessible without stopping in any township or built up area.

Note- the travel to or from Victoria must only be for the above defined activities and persons doing so must have prior approval.

No other changes have been made to the definition or restriction of Cross Border Community Members. 
Residents crossing to or from New South Wales are still permitted to travel 50kms for essential services only.

Compassionate Grounds Essential TravellersPeople entering South Australia on a Compassionate Grounds Essential Traveller status (where relevant) must now seek approval from the relevant facility as well as the already existing approval from the Chief Executive of the Department for Health and Wellbeing, the South Australian Chief Public Health Officer or a deputy Chief Public Health Officer. This includes visiting a critically or terminally ill member of the person’s immediate family or for the purpose of end of life support for a member of the person’s immediate family where the person is a resident of a residential aged care facility.

It is acknowledged that many restrictions still apply, but they are critical in dealing with the spread of COVID-19.

All existing directions, frequently asked questions and other information can be found here: https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/emergency-declarations

If you require further information you can call the SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787 between the hours of 9am to 5pm 7 days per week or go to the SA Health website at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au or www.sa.gov.au/covid-19

Updated COVID-19 Directions 2020- Aged Care Facilities No 7

Source: South Australia Police

An update has been made to the Residential Aged Care Facilities Direction in South Australia.

The Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 6) (COVID-19) Direction 2020 has been revoked and replaced by the Emergency Management (Residential Aged Care Facilities No 7) (COVID-19) Direction 2020. This new Direction came into effect at 0001 hrs on Friday 14 August 2020.

The Direction now states a person must not enter a Residential Aged Care Facility if they have undertaken a COVID-19 test and are awaiting the test result.

Residents of facilities will need to be isolated following a COVID-19 test until the result of their test is known.

Operators of Residential Aged Care Facilities will be required to submit a COVID-19 Infection Control Plan relating to all communal areas by 27 August, 2020. This will then need to be approved by the Department for Health and Wellbeing (SA)

The Direction requires changes to the requirements of people providing care at facilities (whether as an employee or contractor):

– A personal care worker cannot provide personal care at one care facility within 14 days of providing personal care at a different facility;

– A person providing nursing, medical, allied health or personal care services to residents must wear appropriate personal protective equipment, if they are within 1.5 metres from the resident, whilst providing care;

– All people providing care or nursing care to residents must complete COVID-19 Infection Control Training determined by the Department for Health and Wellbeing (SA) before entering/remaining at the facility. Records of this training must be provided to an authorised officer on request; and

– Employees, contractors and volunteers must notify the care facility of any additional places of employment, and if they become aware of a COVID-19 case at another of their places of employment.

All existing directions, frequently asked questions and other information can be found here: https://www.covid-19.sa.gov.au/emergency-declarations

If you require further information you can call the SA COVID-19 Information Line on 1800 253 787 between the hours of 9am to 5pm 7 days per week or go to the SA Health website at www.sahealth.sa.gov.au or www.sa.gov.au/covid-19

Woman charged with drug trafficking

Source: South Australia Police

A northern suburbs woman will face court today charged with drug trafficking after police searched her home yesterday afternoon.

About 2pm on Wednesday 12 August, Northern District Police searched a Salisbury North home with the assistance of Police Dog Xera.

It will be alleged officers found about 600 ml of fantasy, drug paraphernalia, documents relating to drug dealing, prescription medication and capsicum spray.

The 41-year-old woman was arrested and charged with trafficking in a controlled drug, possess equipment for consumption of controlled substances, unlawful possession and possess prohibited weapon.

She was refused police bail and will appear in the Elizabeth Magistrates Court today.

Anyone with information about the manufacture, sale or supply of illicit drugs can report it to police via Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000 or online at www.crimestopperssa.com.au

Cross Border Community changes

Source: South Australia Police

With a direction coming into effect on Friday the Essential Traveller category Cross Border Community Member will be suspended from 21 August 2020.  This means further restrictions will apply to people wishing to enter South Australia from Victoria.

Special dispensation will be given to farmers with properties that span the border, and students completing years 11 and 12.

“This measure has been taken to reduce the spread of COVID-19 into South Australia from Victoria,” said State Coordinator, Commissioner Grant Stevens.

“The intent is to protect South Australians as more COVID-19 cases are being detected in the western districts of Victoria, with 16 active cases in the Glenelg Shire.”

Cross Border Community Members currently represent more than 1000 border crossings from Victoria to South Australia each day.

If a person currently has the Cross Border Community Members status they can re-apply to be an Essential Traveller if they fit into another category. A seven day transition period will apply to allow new applications to be made.

Persons wishing to enter South Australia from Victoria may re-apply under another category:

  • o   National and State Security and Governance;
  • o   Emergency Services (SA Health approved);
  • o   Freight and Transport;
  • o   Urgent Medical, Dental, Health (SA Health approved);
  • o   Compassionate grounds (SA Health approved);
  • o   Specialist workers in Essential Sectors (includes Primary Industries and Agriculture);

If you do not meet criteria of an Essential Traveller you will no longer be able to enter South Australia from Victoria. South Australians are strongly advised not travel to Victoria.

“Despite strict border controls the likelihood of the disease being introduced into South Australia from Victoria remains very high, we hope limiting cross border travel further will assist
in limiting the number of cases in our state.”

This not only applies to Victorian residents coming into South Australia for work, shopping, school etc, but to South Australians who have to travel to Victoria for such activities.

South Australian residents are strongly encouraged to apply and receive approval prior to travel. If a South Australian resident leaves the State and travels to Victoria without an Essential Traveller status, they will not be permitted to return.

Make sure when applying for Essential Traveller Status you have proof and a good description of why you need to cross the border. This will assist police in reviewing your application.

Rules for Cross Border Community Members in New South Wales remain unchanged.

Changes to the Cross Border Direction will come into effect in seven days from 00:01 Friday 14 August 2020 on Friday 21 August 2020.

Marshals to monitor businesses

Source: South Australia Police

COVID Marshals will soon be introduced to ensure businesses are complying with restrictions.

State Coordinator, Commissioner Grant Stevens said the COVID Marshals will help businesses interpret any changes in direction.

“We want to keep our businesses open, but the maintenance of venue capacity, physical distancing and infection control requirements is vital to reduce the community transmission of the disease,” he said.

“Should the disease re-emerge in the community the current low level restrictions leave us vulnerable to significant spread of the disease.

The marshals will be specially trained to ensure venues don’t exceed capacity, physical distancing is maintained and infection control requirements (personal and facility wide) are met.

Marshalls will be required at licensed premises, cafes and food courts, large stores including Supermarkets/retailers/hardware, gyms, freight distribution centres, shopping centres/precincts and places of worship.

Police and SA Health will work with various sectors to introduce the marshals as quickly as possible.

These requirements will come into effect in seven days from 0001 Friday 14 August 2020 – effective from 0001 hrs Friday 28 August 2020.

There will also be a change in the number of people allowed at residential premises.

“Unlike public premises (for example hotels and clubs) residential locations are unregulated, and attendees often don’t adhere to physical distancing and density requirements, therefore we need different restrictions.”

The change will allow up to 10 visitors to a residential premises, in addition to those who normally live there, but will be capped at 20 people.

There will be a cap of 100 attendees at private gatherings, both outdoor and indoor, this is consistent with the restrictions on weddings and funerals.

Changes to the Public Activities Direction will come into effect on 00:01 Friday 14 August 2020.