Port Stephens police release as part of investigation into unauthorised Raymond Terrace COVID-19 protest

APPEAL: Police are attempting to find the individuals pictured as part of an investigation into an unauthorised protest in Raymond Terrace on August 31. Pictures: NSW Police
APPEAL: Police are attempting to find the individuals pictured as part of an investigation into an unauthorised protest in Raymond Terrace on August 31. Pictures: NSW Police

Police have released images of people they wish to speak to following an unauthorised COVID-19 protest in Raymond Terrace last week.

Port Stephens-Hunter Police District launched an investigation following the protest outside the Port Stephens Council administration building in Adelaide Street about 9.30am on Tuesday, August 31.

The protest against COVID-19 safety measures, attended by about 30 people, was one of 79 across the state on Tuesday.

A Port Stephens police inspector received a minor injury during the Raymond Terrace protest.

The inspector approached a 57-year-old man and asked why he was not wearing a face mask.

Police allege the 57-year-old became agitated and was "inciting the crowd to approach police".

The inspector attempted to arrest the man, who grabbed the officer by the shirt and pushed him backwards.

The 57-year-old was arrested and charged with assaulting police and resisting arrest, among charges related to breaching public health orders.

The man was one of five people arrested in the Port Stephens-Hunter police district on August 31 during protests in Raymond Terrace and Maitland.

Twelve penalty infringement notices were also issued across the two sites.

As part of its investigation into the Raymond Terrace protest, police "police have released images of a number of people who may be able to assist with ongoing inquiries".

"Anyone with information about the identity of the individuals - or has mobile phone footage of the protest activity - is urged to contact Crime Stoppers through the online portal or by contacting 1800 333 000," police said.

"Police continue to appeal to the community to report suspected breaches of any public health order or behaviour which may impact on the health and safety of the community by contacting Crime Stoppers"

Descriptions of the individuals:

  • A man depicted is wearing black pants, with a yellow high-vis shirt. He is holding a bicycle and wearing a helmet and sunglasses.
  • A man depicted is described as wearing a blue and white polo shirt with sunglasses on his head. He has brown hair and brown facial hair.
  • A man depicted is described as having brown hair and wearing a dark-coloured long-sleeved top.
  • A man described having brown hair and wearing a light and dark grey coloured jumper and sunglasses.
  • A woman is depicted wearing a light grey top with a black jumper, brown belt and black skirt.
  • A woman is depicted as wearing a black long-sleeved top, blue jeans, a long necklace and sunglasses.
  • A woman is depicted as wearing a blue shirt, with a white long-sleeved top over her shoulders and black pants.
  • A woman is depicted as wearing a multi-coloured jumper with a grey top.
  • A woman is depicted wearing a black long-sleeved top, with blue pants, light-coloured shoes and scarf. She is holding a brown bag and wearing black sunglasses.

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