Police issue warning to illegal campers: It's still too soon to return

POLICE have issued a warning to would-be campers that restrictions remain in place despite the relaxation of some social distancing rules in NSW.

Oberon Police located 23 people camping in different locations around the district over the weekend, including The Reef at Oberon and in surrounding state forests.

A police spokesperson said the campers claimed they were allowed to be camping as the restrictions regarding COVID-19 had been lifted.

"We reminded the campers that they are in fact still breaching the restrictions and provided all campers with warnings," the spokesperson said.

"We advised they would be issued with infringement notices if they failed to leave the area and return to their place of residence."

Restrictions on travel within regional NSW remain in place, with Premier Gladys Berejiklian saying this week that they would be eased on June 1.

"Police would like to remind everyone that even though some of the restrictions have been eased and there is a probability of more restrictions being lifted in the near future, there are still a lot of activities that people cannot yet take part in," the police spokesperson said.

"One of the main ones is that people are still not to travel to regional NSW for the purpose of a holiday, of which camping is included."

If in doubt, people are encouraged to contact their local police for advice.

... there are still a lot of activities that people cannot yet take part in.

Police spokesperson

Attack on dog

A POLICE investigation is continuing after a dog was seriously injured in the yard of a local business.

It appears the dog has been kicked or hit by an object through a steel gate.

A police spokesperson said the dog was attacked in the early hours of Friday, May 15.

"The dog was not attacking anyone and was on his own side of the gate and simply doing the job he is there for, and that is protecting the property his owner relies on for his livelihood," the spokesperson said.

"The dog was taken to a vet and the owner was advised that the dog may lose an eye."

Anyone with information can contact Oberon police.