Toilet paper war scuffle

Women accused of assault

BLOWS allegedly exchanged in the aisles of a Chullora supermarket are the latest escalation of Australia’s ‘toilet paper war’.
Staff at the supermarket called police just after 7am on Saturday, March 7, after they had to separate three women allegedly involved in an altercation over toilet paper which was filmed and posted on social media.
Officers spoke to a 49-year-old woman, who had reportedly been assaulted, and later interviewed two Bankstown women aged 23 and 60, before issuing the pair with court attendance notices for affray.
Calling for calm, Bankstown Police Area Command duty officer, Acting Inspector Andrew New, said that supplies were constantly being replenished and there was no need to panic.
“Violence will not be tolerated, and anyone involved in this behaviour may be committing an offence and find themselves in court,” he said.
“It isn’t the Thunderdome, it isn’t Mad Max, you don’t need to be doing that.”
Yesterday morning, a NSW Health spokesperson said eight more cases of Covid-19 had been confirmed, with a further 618 cases still under investigation, although more than 8,300 potential cases have been cleared.
NSW Chief Health Officer, Dr Kerry Chant, reminded the public that the virus did not discriminate based on age, race or sex.
“As I have said previously, I am concerned about social media posts targeting particular people or suburbs and I ask that we show compassion to those who have contracted Covid-19,” she said.
Dr Chant also reminded the community that emergency departments are for emergencies.
“While we see and treat everyone, we will always prioritise more seriously unwell patients,” she said.
“Please consider calling your GP or HealthDirect for advice on 1800 022 222.
“It is important people take action to keep their family and friends safe. Don’t be afraid to speak to your doctor if you have any symptoms.”