Teens arrested at Queensland shopping centre after 'travelling from NSW'

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Queensland Police have arrested two teens for allegedly crossing the border in breach of coronavirus restrictions after travelling from a NSW hotspot.

The pair, aged 15 and 16, arrived into Queensland last week before the border closed to NSW and the ACT but allegedly lied about travelling from a designated hotspot.

The girls were arrested at Noosa Civic Centre on Monday, Superintendent Craig Hawkins told reporters this afternoon.

Several shops in the centre have reportedly been closed as a precaution, Nine News reported.

The two young women have been taken into custody in Noosa. Source: Nine News
The two teens have been taken into custody in Noosa. Source: Nine News

“There was information in the social media realm regarding two young women that police had been looking for the last 24 hours in regards to the breach of coronavirus directives,” Supt Hawkins said.

“Some information came forward that they had been in a NSW hotspot ... On the back of that, we were making these inquiries.

“We believed they were on the Sunshine Coast through some other information we had, as a result of that we started searching for them and through our normal networks within policing circles we found them up in the Noosa area.”

It’s believed the pair had travelled to Queensland from greater Sydney. It is unknown if they deliberately misled authorities.

“They arrived well before the closure of the borders but because they did come from a hotspot, they are subject to some assessment,” Supt Hawkins said.

The teens travelled by plane and “weren’t completely honest about where they had been,” he added.

The pair will undergo COVID-19 tests and are cooperating with authorities.

“There is nothing to suggest they are carriers of the virus,” Supt Hawkins said.

Depending on the outcome of the tests, authorities will work to determine their movements over recent days.

Queensland currently has just 11 active known cases of the virus with one new case recorded in the past 24-hour period.

There are just 4 people in hospital in the state with COVID-19.

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