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Couple mistakenly fined $1600 over old holiday photo

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A Victorian couple has been mistakenly fined for posting year-old photos from their holiday in East Gippsland on Facebook.

A Victorian couple has been mistakenly fined for posting year-old photos from their holiday in East Gippsland on Facebook.

Jaz and Garry Mott from rural town Toongabbie, were fined $1652 each for breaching stay-at home laws after sharing their Lakes Entrance snaps in a social media throwback.

The pair was issued the fine days after Mrs Mott posted photos, which were taken last June.

Police revoked the fine after they alerted authorities to the mistake.

The blunder comes as one of Victoria's top police officers warned law enforcement to use "common sense" or risk losing public confidence, following a crackdown on social distancing laws around the state.

Deputy Commissioner Shane Patton has said there have been inconsistencies in the way lockdown measures are being enforced with a number of fines issued over the long weekend being revoked.  

There have been inconsistencies between different council measures with some taking matters into their own hands, making it difficult for residents to keep track of the rules.

The long weekend saw a sharp rise in the number of fines being issued for non-compliance with isolation and travel restrictions.

The warning was issued in internal communications seen by The Age.

"I am concerned that there continues to be an inconsistent approach from our members when enforcing the directives of the Chief Health Officer," Mr Patton said.

Source: 9News https://www.9news.com.au/national/coronavirus-police-warned-to-exercise-common-sense-in-enforcing-lockdown-measures/ddfff153-5781-478d-ba12-897001efc92a

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