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Police hunt for three passengers in a ute with Victorian plates accused of lying their way into SA

Police are hunting for three people who allegedly lied about why they were crossing the border into South Australia after fleeing the coronavirus capital Victoria.

They allegedly told border control they needed urgent medical attention when they entered the state at the Yamba Point in the Riverland after 5pm on Saturday,

But they failed to attend the nominated Medical Centre in South Australia, police allege.

Police say the passengers are now in breach of COVID-19 directives and they are desperately trying to hunt them down.

On Saturday, cross-border travel restrictions were tightened by South Australian police, meaning all travellers from NSW, ACT and returning citizens must undergo mandatory COVID-19 testing. 

The vehicle was a blue 2004 Holden Rodeo with Victorian registration 1IB-4CT (pictured)

The vehicle was a blue 2004 Holden Rodeo with Victorian registration 1IB-4CT (pictured)

Authorities have released CCTV images of the group and the ute they were travelling in.

The vehicle was a blue 2004 Holden Rodeo with Victorian registration 1IB-4CT.

Anyone who sees the three occupants, two men and a woman, are being urged to contact the police assistance line immediately on 131 444. 

Increasing numbers of people have been caught trying to sneak across state lines in recent weeks amid changes to interstate travel. 

Queensland opened its border to other states on July 10, for the first time since March 26. 

Police also released the image of a man who who was allegedly driving the car (pictured)

Police also released the image of a man who who was allegedly driving the car (pictured)

The state reintroduced its hard border closure with Victoria on July 9, meaning only SA residents or those with special exemptions are allowed into the state (pictured: officers man the Pinaroo border in South Australia)

The state reintroduced its hard border closure with Victoria on July 9, meaning only SA residents or those with special exemptions are allowed into the state (pictured: officers man the Pinaroo border in South Australia)








However the rising case numbers in Victoria and and NSW has prompted the state to ban residents from hot-spots areas.

Illegal crossings became such a concern that a 700me wall was built on the New South Wales and Queensland border in Coolangatta to stop residents sneaking interstate without being checked by police.

Plans to reopen the South Australia border to NSW have been put on hold because of rising case numbers linked to the Crossroads Hotel in south west Sydney.

This means anyone who crosses into the state from New South Wales or the ACT must undergo mandatory 14 day isolation upon entering.  

The state reintroduced its hard border closure with Victoria on July 9, meaning only SA residents or those with special exemptions are allowed into the state.  

Increasing numbers of people have been caught trying to sneak across state lines in recent weeks amid changes to interstate travel (Pictured: South Australia police stop a Victorian car which tried to avoid a border crossing)

Increasing numbers of people have been caught trying to sneak across state lines in recent weeks amid changes to interstate travel (Pictured: South Australia police stop a Victorian car which tried to avoid a border crossing)

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