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Man Who Tried To Ride Horse Across Locked Down NSW-QLD Border Fined $7,000

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Man Who Tried To Ride Horse Across Locked Down NSW-QLD Border Fined $7,000

A man who tried to ride a horse across the locked down New South Wales-Queensland border has been fined more than $7,000.

Michael Corrigan was one of hundreds of people who gathered at the borer between Coolangatta and Tweed Heads last weekend to protest against the restrictions affecting residents on either side of the invisible line.

The 52-year-old was bizarrely riding a white horse and yelled 'they can't arrest us all' as he tried to whip up a frenzy with the crowd.

He charged his horse towards the border as everyone around him cheered, however the steed clearly didn't like where they were going and pulled up as it got close to authorities.

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Corrigan has been fined by both New South Wales and Queensland Police for failing to follow the health advice issued by each state.

He was hit with a $4,135 fine from the Sunshine State and $3,000 from its southern neighbour.

Gold Coast Acting Chief Superintendent Rhys Wildman said they were forced to act because there were fears the rally could be a super spreader event.

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"That particular male, a 52-year-old male from Murwillumbah, was issued a $4135 fine here in Queensland," he said.

"(I'm) well aware that there are other enforcement activities being undertaken by NSW Police against this same male and, obviously, what we want to reinforce is if you're looking to participate in these kinds of activities, you are liable to face these types of fines and be held accountable."

He described Corrigan's actions as 'quite reckless' because he charged the animal through a large group of people.

"There were a lot of families, young children, and he actually - a number of times - rode through the crowd trying to whip the crowd into a bit of frenzy," he said.

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While they managed to nab the man of the moment, the Acting Chief Superintendent warned they aren't letting up just yet.

"I would also highlight that there are a number of individuals, also involved in Sunday's protest, who we are still conducting investigations into with a view of prosecuting them," Rhys Wildman said. "This isn't the end of the investigation."

On the other side of the border, NSW Police arrested eight people for participating in the protest and issued more than 50 infringement notices.

Featured Image Credit: 7News

Topics: Australia

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