Fury as Aussies in ‘world’s strictest lockdown’ have beer confiscated by police

Furious Aussies have hit out at police, claiming that officers have been "systematically" confiscating deliveries of booze and cigarettes.

Health authorities in New South Wales have imposed rules limiting people living in locked down social housing apartment blocks to a certain amount of alcohol each day.

NSW Health has imposed rules limiting people in “NSW Health controlled buildings to ensure the safety of health staff and residents”.

Under the rules, they can have six beers or pre-mixed drinks, one bottle of wine, or one 375ml bottle of spirits per day and excess alcohol is being confiscated, Sky News reported.

Residents of the Common Ground housing estate in Camperdown have complained that police have been snooping through packages sent by friends and family.

One resident, an artist with the Twitter handle Ms Saffaa, said: “Hey NSW Police, Common Ground residents are wondering what happened to the alcohol and tobacco items dropped off to them last night?

“And under which powers are you allowed to confiscate them? Last time I checked these are legal to consume in this country.

“A member of our community has delivered multiple hampers of fresh food, alcohol, and cigarettes, however the alcohol and some cigarette packs have been removed.

“NSW police are systematically searching our package, mail, and our belongings and now we have items missing.”

Another resident, Robin Elhaj, said: “They are searching all bags and things coming into the building. They confiscated a series of gifts.”

One Nation MP Mark Latham criticised the banned and likened to measures to Fascist behaviour.

He tweeted: "Is there any limit to the fascist tendencies of this NSW Liberal Government?"

But a NSW Police spokeswoman insisted that officers don't have the power to confiscate alcohol and that they aren't doing it, despite claims to the contrary.

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“In all residential lockdown locations, NSW Police are there to ensure compliance with the Public Health Orders and assist NSW Health if required,” the Police spokeswoman said.

NSW Health has imposed rules limiting people in “NSW Health controlled buildings to ensure the safety of health staff and residents”.

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