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Victorian men charged for using the NT to get into Perth for AFL grand final

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Two Victorian men, who allegedly used the Northern Territory as a pit stop to get into Perth for the AFL grand final are facing a string of charges.

The pair aged 38 and 49, who arrived in the NT from Victoria in mid-September allegedly failed to self-isolate while waiting for their COVID-19 test results.

They are further accused of using fake identification to open bank accounts and obtain NT drivers licences.

Just over a week later, the pair travelled to Western Australia allegedly claiming to be NT residents.

They were later arrested by WA police for COVID-19 breaches and remanded in custody.

Territory police have now completed their investigations and have summoned the men on several charges.

They’re facing offences including forging documents, contravening an emergency declaration and giving false information.

Incident Controller Commander Sachin Sharma has condemned the behaviour.

“Police will allege that both these men have gone to great lengths to circumvent the Chief Health Officer's directions, designed to keep our community safe, and in doing so have committed serious crimes.”

“To selfishly put yourself above the rest of Australia just to attend a football match is quite frankly staggering.”

He says it’s lucky the men did not put Territorians at risk.

“I would like to reassure the community that these men did not arrive from a hotspot in Victoria and have since returned negative COVID test results.”

“There is no risk to the Northern Territory community and the police will continue to have a zero tolerance approach for any such activities. ”

The men are due to face the Darwin Local Court in November.