Man 'coughs on police officer' after refusing to leave Bondi Beach

Josh Dutton
News Reporter

A man who allegedly refused to leave Bondi Beach after it was closed has been charged with coughing on a police officer while claiming to have coronavirus.

Police were called by Bondi lifeguards on Sunday at about 9am after the 21-year-old refused to leave the beach.

He was cautioned by officers but allegedly failed to move on.

The man was arrested and it is further alleged as he was being detained he coughed on a police officer and claimed to have COVID-19.

A man has been arrested for allegedly refusing to leave Bondi Beach before coughing on a police officer and claiming he had COVID-19. Source: AAP (file pic)

He was taken to Waverley Police Station and charged with failing to comply with terms of notice erected by council, failing or refusing to comply with the requirement of a police officer, resisting an officer in execution of duty and intimidating a police officer in execution of duty without actual bodily harm.

He will face court on Monday. It was later confirmed he did not have coronavirus.

His arrest follows that of a 29-year-old man who was arrested last week at nearby Maroubra Beach for allegedly spitting on and headbutting a police officer.

He and a 19-year-old woman had been told by lifeguards Maroubra Beach was also closed.

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