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Rashays Chester Hill business owner arrested and staff fined for not wearing face masks


Residents across south-west Sydney have been arrested and charged as police launch a massive crackdown on Covid-19 restriction compliance.

More than 100 extra officers were sent in to patrol residents living in the Canterbury-Bankstown, Fairfield and Liverpool local government areas on Friday.

It was announced yesterday that the extra show of force was necessary to ‘ensure compliance’ with lockdown restrictions as the city faces troubling Covid-19 transmission rates.  

Members of the public have already been arrested with officers spotted escorting a handcuffed man outside of a shopping centre in Fairfield.

Dramatic footage has also emerged of a co-founder of popular Rashays being arrested and two of his staff fined for not wearing face masks at the head office.  

The arrest was captured on camera as it unfolded at the Rashays office on Ferngrove Place at Chester Hill, in south-west Sydney, at 3.50pm on Thursday.

Dramatic footage has also emerged of a co-founder of popular Rashays being arrested and two of his staff fined for not wearing face masks at the head office

Dramatic footage has also emerged of a co-founder of popular Rashays being arrested and two of his staff fined for not wearing face masks at the head office

Police allege two staff members were not wearing face masks and that co-founder Rami Ykmour, 46, became aggressive and refused to provide his details

Police allege two staff members were not wearing face masks and that co-founder Rami Ykmour, 46, became aggressive and refused to provide his details 

Police allege two staff members were not wearing face masks and that co-founder Rami Ykmour, 46, became aggressive and refused to provide his details.  

Footage uploaded to Facebook shows Mr Ykmour speaking calmly with an officer at the front of the office after police were tipped off about a Covid-19 health order breach by an anonymous caller. 

The officer points to several staff at reception he can see who are not wearing face masks.

Mr Ykmour suggests the workers might have been eating lunch or blowing their nose.

He claims the staff members have since put on their face masks and insists there is no longer an issue.  

‘I’m here to follow the law,’ Mr Ykmour says to the officer.

‘You’ve just got to understand that these people here, are here supporting people who are unemployed. That’s what we’re doing, during a pandemic.’ 

The argument escalates as Mr Ykmour asks the police officer to wait outside.

He refuses and insists on waiting in the lobby as ‘an offence has been committed’.   

Moments later he is joined by several more police officers who crowd into the front office.

‘He’s calling for backup,’ Mr Ykmour says to the camera, shocked. ‘Look how many police officers he’s got. He’s got 10 officers.’

A staff member sitting behind reception desk begins to break down as the commotion escalates.

The dramatic arrest was captured on camera as it unfolded outside of the Rashays office on Ferngrove Place at Chester Hill, in south-west Sydney, at 3.50pm on Thursday

The dramatic arrest was captured on camera as it unfolded outside of the Rashays office on Ferngrove Place at Chester Hill, in south-west Sydney, at 3.50pm on Thursday

The woman then collapses onto the floor and Mr Ykmour pulls out his phone to call an ambulance while telling off the officers

The woman then collapses onto the floor and Mr Ykmour pulls out his phone to call an ambulance while telling off the officers

Mr Ykmour is then told that he is under arrest before he is escorted out of the premises to the squadron of police cars parked in the driveway

Mr Ykmour is then told that he is under arrest before he is escorted out of the premises to the squadron of police cars parked in the driveway

‘One, two, three, four,’ Mr Ykmour points around at the officers. ‘There’s 20 people here for a young girl.’ 

The woman then collapses onto the floor and Mr Ykmour pulls out his phone to call an ambulance while telling off the officers. 

Another officer raises his voice at Mr Ykmour to stop arguing with police and focus on the call.

Moments later Mr Ykmour calms down and tries to understand why police have swarmed to his office.

‘A police officer walks in and says to me there’s 30 people in here, I got an anonymous call, that 30 people in here don’t have a mask on,’ he says.

The other officer confirms that police received the anonymous call to the shock of Mr Ykmour.

He is then told that he is under arrest before he is escorted out of the premises to the squadron of police cars parked in the driveway.   

A NSW Police spokesperson said two staff members had been issued $200 fines for not wearing face masks.

Members of the public have already been arrested with officers spotted escorting a handcuffed man outside of a shopping centre in Fairfield

Members of the public have already been arrested with officers spotted escorting a handcuffed man outside of a shopping centre in Fairfield

New South Wales reported 38 new cases on Thursday, its highest daily number in a year

New South Wales reported 38 new cases on Thursday, its highest daily number in a year

More than 100 extra officers were sent in to patrol residents living in the Canterbury-Bankstown, Fairfield and Liverpool local government areas on Friday

More than 100 extra officers were sent in to patrol residents living in the Canterbury-Bankstown, Fairfield and Liverpool local government areas on Friday

Mr Ykmour was also arrested and issued a Field Court Attendance Notice for hinder police.

He will front Parramatta Local Court on August 18. 

Daily Mail Australia contacted Rashays for comment.

The arrest came after it was announced that NSW Police would be cracking down on virus-hit areas of south-west Sydney from 7am on Friday.  

More than 100 extra officers surged into the area to ‘ensure compliance’ with lockdown restrictions. 

New South Wales reported 38 new cases on Thursday, its highest daily number in a year.

Some 21 of those Delta-variant cases were from the south-west Sydney region, after the cluster that began in Bondi spread to the city’s suburbs.

Officials have blamed the spike on residents visiting the homes of friends and family, as well as young people defying the public health orders.



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