A man who police claim "became aggressive and abusive" and said he had "no regard for the current Public Health Orders" has been issued a $3000 infringement notice.
The man was one of five people issued the fines on Tuesday after police claim they were exercising on a vacant block at the intersection of Cowper Street and Bourke Street, Carrington just after 5.30pm.
Newcastle City Police District were proactively patrolling when they stopped and spoke with four men - two aged 38, one aged 35 and one aged 29 - and a 37-year-old woman.
While speaking to the 29-year-old man, police allege he "became aggressive and abusive towards the officers and told them he had no regard for the current Public Health Orders".
All five were issued $3000 infringement notices for not comply with outdoor gatherings direction.
Almost 100 personal infringement notices (PINs) were issued across the four Hunter police districts in the 24 hours to 12.01am Wednesday.
Of the 92 infringement notices, 31 were given in the Port Stephens-Hunter district, 22 were in Lake Macquarie, 20 were issued in Newcastle and 19 were handed out in Hunter Valley.
Fifty Defence Force troops have since hit the ground in Newcastle to enforce the COVID-19 public health order.
ADF Personnel spent time in Wallsend on Wednesday knocking on doors, ensuring people required to isolate were following the stay at home orders and checking on their welfare.
"First and foremost, the troops are there to support the community alongside police," NSW Police Force Regional Field Operations Deputy Commissioner Mick Willing said.
"Among other tasks, you will see them delivering hampers and checking on the welfare of our most vulnerable people."
Further deployments of Defence Force personnel are expected by the end of the week.
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